Director Juan José Campanella has been directing movies in his native country of Argentina since the early '90s but it was his fourth film, The Secret in Their Eyes, opening in theaters on April 16th, that won him an Oscar for best foreign language film at this years Oscars. The film reunites Campanella with Argentine actor Ricardo Darín and marks the forth collaboration between the two men. When Campanella is not making films he can be found directing some of the most popular American television shows around including House M.D., Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and 30 Rock. We recently had an opportunity to speak with Juan José Campanella to discuss the Oscar-winning directors new film, it's most complicated sequence, reuniting with Ricardo Darín and directing American television. To watch our exclusive interview click on the video clip below.
The Secret in Their Eyes is based on a novel by author Eduardo Sacheri about a man who wants to solve a murder committed 30 years ago. Newly retired from his career in Argentina's criminal court, Benjamín Espósito (Ricardo Darín) begins writing a novel about a case from his past that continues to haunt him. In 1974, a beautiful young newlywed was raped and murdered in her home while her husband worked at the bank. Espósito was sent to investigate the horrifying crime. Looking at the gaze of a man in photos from the murdered woman's college years, a younger Espósito instinctively feels he has his killer. Tracking down the suspect becomes a personal obsession that draws him and his colleague, the brilliant but unreliable alcoholic Pablo Sandoval (Guillermo Francella), into ever-riskier situations. The case also intensifies Espósito's relationship to his young boss, Irene Menéndez Hastings (Soledad Villamil), a striking, Ivy League-educated woman whom he secretly, hopelessly adores. While initially critical of his unsanctioned sleuthing tactics, she soon becomes a partner in the investigation. Despite their dedication, however, inept officials and politics both internal and external to the court, the seventies was a turbulent era in Argentine history, threaten to let justice slip away. Searching for an ending to his book, the older would-be writer makes a startling discovery that compels him to redeem his past and seize his future.