After a detour to his adopted New York City in Piñeiros previous film, 2016s Hermia and Helena, Isabella returns to Buenos Aires and strips its narrative down to a time-shuffled tale of two actresses auditioning for the same role.
Class struggle has always been present in Marcellos work, and it becomes clear rather quickly that Martin Eden (2019) marks his most headlong investigation into the politics of the 20th century and how they relate to our convulsive, confounding present. Marcello transposes Londons story to a Campania that never was, the setting (captured vividly on Marcellos usual 16mm) a timeless composite of anachronistic motifs and the odd snatch of archival footage that cohere to give us the sense not so much of taking in a period piece as beholding history itself.
I arrived at Circus of Books without the slightest clue I was walking into LA queer history. The store has since closed, but a new documentary, Circus of Books, explores its 33-year life and the story of its unlikely proprietors, Karen and Barry Mason, a straight and straight-laced Jewish couple. The movies director is their daughter Rachel, a multi-disciplinary artist who made a previous film in 2013, The Lives of Hamilton Fish.