September 29 · 8:00 pm

Virtual Cinema and Brooklyn Drive-In.

Directed by Matías Piñeiro.

2020, Argentina, 80 min, In Spanish with English subtitles.

Film runs Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Brooklyn Drive In Screening: September 24, 8pm ET.
Virtual Screenings: From September 24 at 8pm ET through September 29 at 8pm ET.

NYFF has various safeguards in place to protect the rights of creators, including traceable watermarking. Recording or photographing is strictly prohibited.

Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro continues to explore the porous line between performance and daily ritual in his most visually striking film yet. As in such subtly magical dramas of the everyday as The Princess of France (NYFF52) and Hermia & Helena (NYFF54), Piñeiro uses a Shakespeare text to anchor a loose yet intellectually rigorous examination of life’s loves, labors, and futile pursuits, all played out with the minutest of gestures. Isabella uses Measure for Measure as inspiration, with regular Piñeiro players María Villar and Agustina Muñoz as Mariel, a teacher with stage aspirations, and Luciana, a more established actress. The filmmaker jumps around in time, from the days leading up to a crucial audition to years later, after the women have moved on to other dreams; meanwhile we keep returning to their collaboration on an entrancing, James Turrell–like light installation. Piñeiro’s art has never been more graceful or structurally complex as in this work of solace amid anxiety and doubt. A Cinema Guild Release.

A free talk with Matías Piñeiro and Nicolás Pereda (Fauna) will take place this Friday, September 25 at 6:00pm ET. Free registration is required.

Drive-in screenings of Isabella will be preceded by The Human Voice by Pedro Almodóvar.

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