Viola

Young Argentine auteur Matías Piñeiro continues his fascination with Shakespeare in this dazzling riff on Twelfth Night, which launches a host of intersecting characters into a roundelay of dalliances, intrigues and burgeoning revelations. (TIFF)

The Princess of France

Young Argentine auteur Matías Piñeiro follows up his international sensation Viola with the latest of his revisionist takes on the Shakespearean canon, deliciously detailing how life begins to imitate art when a Buenos Aires theatre company mounts a radio version of Love’s Labour’s Lost. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]

Algunas Chicas

Taking a breather from the crisis of her marriage, a surgeon named Celina visits the country house of an old friend who she hasn’t seen since their university days. When she gets there, she realizes that something is going on with Paula, her friend’s step daughter, whose absence is palpable. Celina finds herself aggressively questioned by Paula’s friends—the mystical Nene and the cynical María—who then recruit her into their dysfunctional clan. Shortly, she learns that Paula attempted suicide, but Celina is in no shape to help anyone, because she is fleeing a dark secret of her own and has come to the worst place of all possible places to save herself. In the limbo of this hellish little town, her ghosts are reborn, infecting everyone around her. They bring her through porous nightmares, dangerous games and an overwhelming uncertainty about the limits between dreams and waking, between life and death. In this psychological thriller, what seems like a getaway becomes a reencounter with one’s own destiny. [Synopsis courtesy of Venice Film Festival]