Metrodome Distribution has acquired UK rights to Argentinean thriller The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos), one of the five films shortlisted for the Academy’s foreign language award.

The UK-based company acquired the film, which is directed by Juan Jose Campanella, from sales company Latido Films. It is planning a summer release.

The thriller about a lawyer who realises that he must complete his novel in order to solve the case on which it is based, picked up 13 awards at the 2009 Argentina Academy Awards including best film, best director and best adapted screenplay.

Sara Frain, general manager distribution at Metrodome, said: “It’s fantastic that The Secret In Their Eyes has been recognised by being short listed, it certainly deserves to be in the final five.”