The Argentine Film The Weasels’ Tale (El cuento de las comadrejas) from Juan José Campanella, the director of the Oscar Award-winning The Secret in Their Eyes opens in theaters and virtual cinemas in the U.S. on Friday, December 11 via Outside Pictures and Strand Releasing. The comedic thriller starring a cast of acclaimed, seasoned Argentine actors including Graciela Borges (La Ciénaga) and Óscar Martínez (Wild Tales), won the Audience Award at the AFI Latin American and Chicago Latino Film Festivals.
The story of a group of four long-time friends, including a beautiful actress from cinema’s golden age, an actor in the twilight of his life, a frustrated scriptwriter, and an old director, will do the impossible to try and preserve the world they have created in an old mansion in the countryside outside Buenos Aires. When faced with the threat of a young couple who could put everything in danger, financial gain, seduction, betrayal, and memories run amok to create the recipe for this delightful game of cat… and weasel.
Director Campanella (Law and Order: Special Victim Unit, House, 30 Rock, Colony) was inspired by the Argentine film Los muchachos de antes no usaban arsénico and classic English films made by Ealing Studios in the 1950s (The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets). A Weasel’s Tale mixes layers of dark humor, an unusual style of dialogue and classic comedy, in an homage to classic cinema’s structure, conventions and craftsmanship. It counters between suspense, drama, comedy and romance, like a cross between Sunset Boulevard and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, all with a Latin American twist.