“El secreto de sus ojos” Chosen by Argentina to Compete for the Oscar

By Dialogo
September 28, 2009

BUENOS AIRES, 25 September 2009 (AFP) - “El secreto de sus ojos” [The Secret of Her Eyes], directed by Juan José Campanella, has been chosen to represent Argentina in the competition for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film at Hollywood’s Academy Awards, the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences announced on Friday. A box-office success in Argentina, the film starring Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, and Guillermo Francella won the Oscar nominating contest with fifty-seven votes in favor out of a total of eighty-seven votes cast. “I’m hopeful. We’re going to fight the good fight,” Campanella declared to the Buenos Aires press, speaking from San Sebastián, where his film is being shown in the San Sebastián Film Festival and is a candidate for the Gold Shell for Best Film. Finishing far behind were “Las viudas de los jueves” [The Thursday Widows], by Marcelo Piñeyro, “El niño pez” [The Fish Child], by Lucía Puenzo, and “Días de mayo” [Days of May], by Gustavo Postiglione, which obtained four votes each. “We are very happy; it was a great manifestation of support by the representatives of the Academy. Representing Argentina is something marvelous; we’ll have to see what happens there,” Francella said after the election. The announcement took place immediately following the counting of the votes, which was done in a public ceremony, with the presence of the president of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, Pablo Bossi. Only one Argentine film, “La historia oficial” [The Official Story], by Luis Puenzo, has won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, in 1986. The finalists nominated on other occasions have included “La Tregua” [The Truce], by Sergio Renán, in 1975; “Camila,” by María Luisa Bemberg, in 1984; and “El hijo de la novia” [Son of the Bride], by Campanella, in 2002.
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