Best Foreign Film 2010: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in their Eyes) -Argentina

by multilingualmania on March 8, 2010

in Bilingualism

Author: Anarela Mondragón

This year the Argentine film El secreto de sus ojos (English: The Secret in their Eyes) won the best foreign film category at the 2010 Academy Awards. The film was directed by Juan José Campanella and was based on the book La pregunta de sus ojos (English: The Question in Their Eyes), written by Eduardo Sacheri in 2005.

The movie tells the story in flashback form of a thirty year quest to solve the brutal rape and murder of a woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When officials erroneously charge two immigrant workers with the crime, a federal justice agent vows to find the true killer and embarks on a quest for justice. True justice is ultimately served, in a rather unconventional way.

When accepting the Academy Award, director Juan José Campanella jokingly said, “I want to thank the Academy for not considering na’vi a foreign language”, alluding to the fictional na’vi language in the movie Avatar.

In addition to winning the 2010 Oscar for best foreign language film, El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) was also awarded Spain’s 2009 Goya award for best Latin American film. To date the film is currently Argentina’s second most successful film at the box office.

Additional nominations in the Best Foreign Film category included: La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) -Peru; Un prophéte (A Prophet) -France; Ajami -Israel; and, Das Weisse Band (The Ribbon) -Germany.

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