Athlone Film Club to screen Oscar-winning Argentinean thriller

On Tuesday February 15 at 8pm in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone Film Club continue their new season with the Academy Award winning Argentinean thriller, The Secret in Their Eyes.

Academy Award–nominated director Juan José Campanella returns to filmmaking with his first feature since 2004 having spent the last few years directing episodes for such acclaimed television series as Law & Order, 30 Rock, and House. Set in his native Argentina, The Secret in Their Eyes is a suspenseful crime drama with a love story at its core.

Newly retired from his career in Argentina’s criminal court, Benjamin Espósito (Ricardo Darin ) begins writing a novel about a case from his past that continues to haunt him.

In 1974, a beautiful young newlywed was 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.

Espósito’s story unfolds with gripping tension as the film shifts smoothly between time periods. 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.

Campanella’s tightly paced feature pairs smart dialogue with powerful, moving performances. Beneath all the action is a reflection on justice and the meaning of a life sentence. Pain endures but so, too, does love.

It’s a certain crowd pleaser, so come along and see it on the big screen on February 15. Temporary membership for the night is only €8. There is a chance to socialise beforehand in the theatre bar from 7.30pm with a glass of wine.

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