The Secret in Their Eyes – Juan José Campanella (2009) @ the Ipswich Film Society
Tonights offering at the Ipswich Film Society was the 2009 Argentinean crime thriller The Secret in Their Eyes that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at last years academy award ceremony. It’s the story of Espósito a court employee who resolves to solve a murder that was committed earlier in his career.
Not only is it a gripping film but it also includes a quite stunning piece of cinematography that was filmed at the stadium of Racing Club de Avellaneda in Buenos Aires. Espósito and a colleague are at the stadium hoping to catch the prime suspect who is an avid Racing fan. They spot their man but he manages to escape when a goal for the home side sends the crowd into a frenzy. They chase him under the stadium and eventually onto the pitch where he is captured by the police.
The sequence starts with an aerial view of the floodlit stadium from which the camera rapidly descends, or swoops if you like, down to and across the playing surface and into the midst of crowd behind one goal. The rest of the scene plays out over a five minute period in one magnificent unbroken shot. I can’t imagine it was shot in one take so their must be some, or a lot, of trickery involved. See what you think here…