Skip to main content


Argentina, 2012 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Matías Piñeiro

"The great discovery of TIFF 2012 was Matías Piñeiro's Viola, a fantasia on love that dances between dreams, theatrical performances and a kind of hyper-sensual reality." - Senses of Cinema

A luminous coda inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Viola weaves a kaleidoscopic web of lustful yearning as it follows the exploits of its title character and her boyfriend, and an all-woman acting troupe staging a play that riffs on the works of the Bard. As the interactions between these characters spin in and out of labyrinthine, Shakespearean-style farce and intrigue, the line between scene and mise en abyme, between life and literature, is blurred, until the film unspools into its exhilaratingly playful conclusion.

Director Matías Piñeiro (They All Lie, MIFF 2010) has built a reputation as one of modern Argentine cinema's most distinctive filmmakers, and his DNA is immediately recognisable in Viola. From the circular narrative and sinuous cinematography to the loquacious script, this is a mysterious, seductive film.

"In film after film, Piñeiro has increasingly perfected this act of magic, and Viola is his most outstanding film to date." - Cinema Scope

D/S Matías Piñeiro P Melanie Shapiro WS The Cinema Guild L Spanish w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2012

Find the book at Readings.

See also...


The setting is present-day Buenos Aires, a city in the throes of social unrest over escalating unemployment, poverty and political corruption. Elsa is a fun-loving 25-year-old, who holds down a ... More »


A gritty, violent portrait of an Argentinean family at breaking point. ... On the streets of Buenos Aires a broken family finds itself clashing head-on over drugs and money. As one son dreams of ... More »


“Leonera [the film's Spanish title] is a place of transit. It's the place where the prisoner is retained before she can move on to somewhere else. It is a cell…” - filmmaker Pablo Trapero ... More »


“Bielinsky is a meticulous craftsman. Every moment has a payoff… A meticulously conceived and executed heist pic that is equally concerned with character.” - Hollywood Reporter ... An ... More »


This mufti-award winning gem, whose prizes includes the FIPRESCI award at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Leopard at Locarno, is outrageous, funny and utterly unpredictable. ... Marcia ... More »


Teresa is an airline stewardess who feels right at home above the clouds, serving drinks and trays of pre-packaged food— anything that distances her from the pitfalls of life on earth, like ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director