Astor Piazzolla Award for Best Direction - Matías Piñeiro for «Isabella»
Isabella is the fifth installment of Matías Piñeiro’s Shakespeareads –the most formally experimental of his films and, at the same time, the one that’s most committed with its characters’ drama. The story of a woman who experiences the end of her youth by facing the conflicts of that stage (motherhood, money issues and the disillusions brought up by a certain idea of success) is carried out through a narrative structure that replaces the notion of sequence by that of zones. Each large block is treated as though it were a color surface, divided into fragments and then recombined “arbitrarily” with others. This way, the viewer reconstructs the scenes and their order in their own heads, exercising some sort of editing at a distance that never affects the emotive nature of the dramatics. On the contrary, by doing away with the causal order, it prepares the ground for the emotional power of every detail, from a colored stone to the protagonist’s repressed tears.