Games People Play: the cinema of Matias Piñeiro

6 November, 2017 - 10:00
Cinematek, Brussel

Matías Piñeiro (Buenos Aires, 1982) doesn’t try to hide what influences him artistically, but at the same time he makes sure that the sum is bigger than the parts – his microbudget films are anything but simple pastiche or homage. This symposium proposes to delve into those influences and how they shape Piñeiro’s layered cinema, starting with an examination of his affinity with Eric Rohmer’s sense of narrative and spatial architecture, and with Jacques Rivette’s penchant for games and mysteries, via his adaptation or re-interpretation of various comedies by William Shakespeare and his position within the New Argentine Cinema, to a talk with the director himself on his observational style and mix of both classical and modernist narrative strategies.

A unique opportunity to meet one of the most promising young filmmakers active today and to discover an oeuvre that received international recognition but has not been presented to the Belgian public before.



All talks will be held in English. 
General admission is 10€, students only pay 5€.

This symposium is organised by Cinea and held on the occasion of the retrospective and carte blanche, organized by Cinematek and Courtisane, in collaboration with Le Jeu de Paume, Cinea, Research Center for Visual Poetics of the University of Antwerp & the Embassy of Argentina in Belgium. More info: and

Games People Play: the cinema of Matias Piñeiro

10:00 – Welcome
10:15 – Viola (2012, 65’)
11:30 – ‘All Originals’: Translation, Repetition, and Appropriation in the Films of Matías Piñeiro – Richard Misek
12:30 – Lunch break
13:30 – L’illusion comique: Piñeiro and (Classical?) Comedy – Tom Paulus
14:30 – La princesa de Francia (2014, 67’)
15:45 – Coffee break
16:00 – Revisiting ‘New Argentine Cinema’ through Matías Piñeiro’s Work – Clara Garavelli
17:00 – Q&A with Matías Piñeiro
18:00 – End


Richard Misek is a filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Kent. His interests focus on montage and appropriation, cities and space, colour and light, and the interstices between film and digital media. He is the author of Chromatic Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and his articles have been published in journals including October, Screen, and the New Review of Film and Television. His essay film Rohmer in Paris (2013) has been exhibited in five continents and received widespread critical acclaim. He is currently producing a series of virtual reality video essays in collaboration with Melbourne-based VR studio Vrtov and the British Film Institute.

Tom Paulus teaches film studies in the department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Antwerp. He has published on issues of genre and film style in such journals as Film International. His essays on pictorial style in the films of John Ford were published in three edited collections, John Ford in Focus (Stoehr & Connolly eds.) from McFarland, Westerns: Movies from Hollywood and Paperback Westerns (Paul Varner ed.) from Cambridge Scholars Press, and New Perspectives on The Quiet Man from the Liffey Press. His edited collection (with Rob King) Slapstick Symposium: Essays on Silent Comedy was published by Routledge in the American Film Institute Film Readers series.

Clara Garavelli is lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Leicester (UK). Her research interests include contemporary experimental Argentine film and video, stardom studies – particularly the figure of Ricardo Darín – and Latin American cinema. She is the author of Video Experimental Argentino Contemporáneo (EDUNTREF 2014) and co-editor of Poéticas del movimiento: Acercamientos al cine y video experimental argentino (Libraria 2015), among other works. She has published in various international journals, was Jury member of the International Festival of Video Art (FIVA, Argentina) and has curated several exhibitions and projections of experimental film and video.