a film by Matías Piñeiro
Mariel (María Villar) longs to play the role of Isabella in a local theater troupe's production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, but money problems prevent her from preparing for the audition. She thinks of asking her brother for financial help, but is worried about being too direct. Her solution is to ask her brother's girlfriend, Luciana (Agustina Muñoz), also an actress and a more self-assured one, to convince her brother to give her the money. Luciana agrees on the condition that Mariel will not abandon her acting and continue to prepare for the part of Isabella.
The latest in Matías Piñeiro's series of films inspired by the women of Shakespeare's comedies is his most structurally daring and visually stunning work to date. Through their rich and layered performances, Muñoz and Villar demonstrate a profound intimacy formed over more than a decade of collaboration with their director. Isabella is a film about the ongoing battle between doubt and ambition that never discounts the possibility of a new beginning.
"A sort of cinematic music... Piñeiro fuses performance and daily life into a quietly mighty architecture of psychological complexity."
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker
-Leo Goldsmith, The Brooklyn Rail
"As fresh as the breeze."
-Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Another showcase for the screen presence of its two leads, Piñeiro regulars María Villar and Agustina Muñoz, [who] represent individual panels in a grander work of art that has been unfolding for much of the 2010s."
Daniel Fairfax, Senses of Cinema
"Isabella seems like an ending and a beginning of something truly and unquestionably special."
-Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
High Resolution Stills and Press Kit
Where to watch
Opens August 27
Sep 2: Acropolis Cinema - Los Angeles, CA
Sep 3: Laemmle Royal - Los Angeles, CA
Sep 3: Montclair Film - Montclair, NJ
Sep 3: Tallahassee Film Society - Tallahassee, FL
Sep 10: Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, NM
Sep 11: Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 17: Lightbox Film Center - Philadelphia, PA
Sep 17-19: Roxy Cinema - New York, NY
Sep 23: AFI Silver Theater - Silver Spring, MD
Sep 24-26: Webster Film Series - St. Louis, MO
Sep 30 & Oct 3: Cornell Cinema - Ithaca, NY
Festivals & Awards
Winner - Special Jury Mention - Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection - The New York Film Festival