Piñeiro and Mumenthaler Competing for the Golden Leopard at Locarno

Argentinean filmmakers Matías Piñeiro and Milagros Mumenthaler will be representing Latin America in the main international competition at the 69th edition of the Locarno Film Festival vying for the Golden Leopard, it was unveiled today.

Piñeiro will have the world premiere of Hermia & Helena—named for two characters from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream—his English language feature debut shot in New York City and starring Agustina Muñoz, María Villar, two of her regular actresses.

Mumenthaler will screen La Idea de un Lago, also in its world premiere. The film, a co-production between Switzerland, Argentina, and Qatar, tells the story of 35-year-old photographer Inés, who in an emotionally fragile phase and begins putting together a book of personal poems and photographs. Gradually, the process of bringing a book to fruition becomes a very personal and unfettered exploration of her past: of her relationship with her mother; the role of the family home in the south, which seems to have been frozen in time; and how the absence of her fatherwho disappeared in 1977 during the dictatorship—influenced all of those years.    

Four other Latin American films will participate in the Cineasti del Presente competition: El Auge del Humano by Eduardo Williams and El Futuro Perfecto by Nele Wohlatz from from Argentina, Mañana a Esta Hora by Lina Rodríguez from Colombia, and Viejo Calavera by Kiro Russo from Bolivia. 

The 69th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will take August 3-13 in Switzerland.