Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella’s new drama The Secret In Their Eyes, starring Ricardo Darin, has been sold by Latido Films to Sony Pictures Classics for distribution in the US.

The deal was under negotiation for some time between Spain’s Latido Films, US consultancy repping and production outfit Traction Media, and Sony Pictures Classics, but has finally been signed.

The film, which is Argentina’s submission for the foreign language Oscar, reteams Campanella and SPC, which handled US distribution of his 2001 hit and Oscar nominee Son Of The Bride.

A world premiere at Toronto, Secret stars Darin as retired criminal court investigator who decides to write a novel based on an old case from 1974 in which a beautiful woman was brutally raped and beaten to death. In scenes from that period, the film also explores the unconsummated love between Esposito and his boss Irene, palyed by Soledad Villamil.

The film has already been sold to several key territories, including the UK, France, Australia and Brazil following its slot in competition at San Sebastian.