(gran vía international film fest)

Undergraduate Academic Project


JUN 2016



Chema Lapuerta / Manuel Ocaña / Nieves Mestre / Álvaro Martín Fidalgo




This project intends to adapt the film script of the movie "El Secreto De Sus Ojos" by Argentine director Juan José Campanella to an urban space. The film is dissected in 42 scenes that take place in The Gran Vía, historically a very important avenue in Madrid, and an urban space with a strong cinematographic past. The project is about how the road interacts with the scenarios of the film. The idea being that the movie is filmed exclusively  in this unique urban location and shot by different cameras and audiovisual components at the same time.


The plot will take place inside and outside the buildings and it is conceived to be recorded in one action, which means, that the actors will play their characters without stopping the filming.


The architectural plan describes the movements of the actors, cars and cameras. All these actions are drawn in a large sheet in which The Gran Vía is projected. To make this possible, the lighting design has to be very accurate as the plot takes place in different moments of the day.


This is the plot of the film: In 1999, a retired Argentinian federal justice agent called Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him.


Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes.


The other issue is that Gómez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamín learns now that premise still holds true.