In my previous post, on the Argentine film "El secreto de sus ojos" (The Secret in Their Eyes, Juan José Campanella 2009), I made some criticisms on a review of the film written by Matt Losada for the journal Cineaste. I was very glad to find out that Mr Losada read my entry and published his own response in this website. Here I would like to reply to Mr Losada, taking issue with some of his patronising accusations about my views on Argentine justice and on the Oscars. My objective is not to pursue a personal contest with my interlocutor but to clarify some notions on Argentine recent history and contemporary politics, notions which are extremely important and which underlie all discussions on Campanella’s film.
Memory, history, forgetting, and Oscars: The Secret in Their Eyes and film criticism of Latin American cinema
Upon its release in Argentina in 2009, Juan José Campanella’s El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) opened up a widespread debate in the national media – something to be expected from a film that revisits the violence of the recent Argentine past in the form of a commercial genre film.
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