Tú me abrasas


Tú me abrasas is an adaptation of “Sea Foam”, a chapter from Cesare Pavese’s “Dialoghi con Leucò” published in 1947. The ancient Greek poet Sappho and the nymph Britomartis meet beside the sea and have a conversation about love and death. Sappho is said to have thrown herself into the ocean from lovesickness. Britomartis apparently tumbled off a cliff and into the water while fleeing from a man. Together, the two discuss the stories and images that have emerged around them to try and understand, at least for a moment, the bittersweet nature of desire. The film adapts not only the text but also footnotes and gaps in the story. For example, the fact that, in 1950, a desperate Pavese committed suicide in a hotel room with this book by his side. Or that Sappho’s poems have survived only in fragments. Or that sea foam is historically and scientifically associated with fertility and bacteria, that is, with life itself. “Everything dies in the sea and comes back to life”, says Britomartis. Tú me abrasas introduces new readings and translations that go beyond the myths by Pavese and Sappho.


  • Runtime

    64 min
  • Country

    Spain, Argentina
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Matías Piñeiro
  • Cast

    Gabi Saidón, María Villar, María Inês Gonçalves, Agustina Muñoz, Ana Cris Barragán, Michelle Yoon, Katarina Burin
  • Production Company

    Trapecio Cine
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film

dates of presentation

    1. Akademie der Künste

      10557 Berlin

    1. Cubix 7

      Rathausstraße 1
      10178 Berlin

    1. Zoo Palast 2

      Hardenbergstraße 29A
      10623 Berlin

    1. Cubix 8

      Rathausstraße 1
      10178 Berlin

Biography Matías Piñeiro

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982, he has lived in New York since 2011. A director and screenwriter, his short and feature films have premiered at the Berlinale, Toronto, Locarno, Cannes and the New York Film Festival. His work is often based on literary sources including Shakespeare, Sappho and D. F. Sarmiento. He is an associate professor at the Pratt Institute in New York and coordinates the filmmaking programme at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola in San Sebastián. He is currently working on the adaptation of “The Lesson of the Master” by Henry James and on an essay film based on Francesco Petrarca’s “De remediis utriusque fortunae”.

Filmography Matías Piñeiro

2007 El hombre robado (The Stolen Man) | 2009 Todos mienten (They All Lie) | 2010 Rosalinda | 2012 Viola | 2014 La princesa de Francia (The Princess of France) | 2016 Hermia & Helena | 2020 Isabella | 2021 Sycorax, co-director: Lois Patiño | 2024 Tú me abrasas (You Burn Me)