As in his critical hit Viola (2013), Matías Piñeiro doesn’t transplant Shakespeare to the present day so much as summon the spirit of his polymorphous comedies. Víctor (Julián Larquier Tellarini) returns to Buenos Aires after his father’s death and a spell in Mexico to prepare a radio production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Reuniting with his repertory, he finds himself sorting out complicated entanglements with girlfriend Paula (Agustina Muñoz), sometime lover Ana (María Villar), and departed actress Natalia (Romina Paula), as well as his muddled relations with the constellation of friends involved with the project. As the film tracks the group’s crisscrossing movements and interactions, their lives become increasingly enmeshed with the fiction they’re reworking, potential outcomes multiply, and reality itself seems subject to transformation. An intimate, modestly scaled work that takes characters and viewers alike into dizzying realms of possibility, The Princess of France is the most ambitious film yet from one of world cinema’s brightest young talents, a cumulatively thrilling experience. An NYFF52 selection. A Cinema Guild release.
New York Film Festival 2014
Locarno Film Festival 2014
“Packs an amazing amount of action and thought into a mere sixty-five minutes.” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“The director’s most formally complex and confident work yet.” —Paul Dallas, Filmmaker Magazine
“Piñeiro is, to my mind, one of the most interesting young filmmakers working today.” —Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club