Tate Modern Film

Out of Character

image of two woman one reading a book in the foreground and one looking over the other's shoulder

Matías Piñeiro Rosalinda 2010, film still. Courtesy the artist

Move on and off set in two short films that circle around roles and romance

This programme brings together two films which capture the staging of literary works outside urban centres in France and Argentina. Storylines on and off set begin to parallel one another as protagonists move out of their roles as actors and directors.

Mati Diop’s Big in Vietnam observes the making of a French-Vietnamese film director’s cinematic adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses in the outskirts of Marseille. When the film’s lead actor goes missing in the woods, she too wanders off the set to explore the port city. There she befriends a Vietnamese man haunted by his past.

Matías Piñeiro’s Rosalinda captures a young cast’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in a rural setting outside Buenos Aires. Intertwining their roles and their real lives, the film explores how cinema can expand and question the logic of theatre.

A man and a woman in profile on a white background

Mati Diop Big in Vietnam 2012​, film still. Courtesy the artist

a man and a woman in bed red haze over the image

Mati Diop Big in Vietnam 2012​, film still. Courtesy the artist

a couple kissing

​Matías Piñeiro Rosalinda 2010, film still. Courtesy the artist


Mati Diop, Big in Vietnam 2012, DCP, colour, sound, 30 min, French and Vietnamese with English subtitles

Matías Piñeiro, Rosalinda 2010, digital video, colour, sound, 43 min, Spanish with English subtitles

Discussion with Matías Piñeiro, moderated by Garbiñe Ortega, Artistic Director, Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

27 October 2018 at 13.00–15.10

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