Adiós entusiasmo

So Long Enthusiasm
What’s the nature of the special bond that links together the members of a family? Families share flats, secrets and memories and know each other inside out. They don’t mince their words or always treat each other with respect but they’re still there for one another. They’re at each other's mercy. The same applies to Margarita's family. She lives with her son Axel and his older sisters Antonia, Alejandra and Alicia. Their flat is like a cosy cave where they play music, eat, sleep and argue in the warm lamplight. An intimate family cocoon. The fact that Margarita lives locked up in a room beyond the bathroom is just how things are. The children communicate with their mother through a small window, giving her blankets, DVDs and reading material and celebrating her birthday in the corridor. When she’s eventually had enough, it’s Axel that must decide what to do. It would be tempting to look for some psychological interpretation of these family relationships, but this is hardly obligatory. What’s much more interesting is the peculiar narrative energy that pervades the film, invisible yet ever-present, just like how Axel describes dark matter, the subject of his endless fascination.
by Vladimir Durán
with Camilo Castiglione, Laila Maltz, Mariel Fernandez, Martina Juncadella, Rosario Blefari, Valeria Valente, Verónica Llinás, Vladimir Durán, Lucas Besasso, Silvia Cobelo
Argentina / Colombia 2017 Spanish 79’ Colour


  • Camilo Castiglione (Axel)
  • Laila Maltz (Alicia)
  • Mariel Fernandez (Antonia)
  • Martina Juncadella (Alejandra)
  • Rosario Blefari ((voice))
  • Valeria Valente (Margarita (on set))
  • Verónica Llinás (Marta)
  • Vladimir Durán (Bruno)
  • Lucas Besasso (Ricardo)
  • Silvia Cobelo (Silvia Cobelo)


Director Vladimir Durán
Screenplay Sacha Amaral, Vladimir Durán
Cinematography Julian Ledesma
Editing Ana Godoy, Laura Bierbrauer
Sound Design Nahuel Palenque
Sound Emilio Iglesias
Production Design M. Ana Casariego
Producers Vladimir Durán Servo Cine, Alexis Durán Imaginaria Films, Jerónimo Quevedo Un puma, Maria Victoria Marotta Un puma, Joyce Ventura

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Servo Cine

Imaginaria Films

Un puma

Joyce Ventura

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Vladimir Durán

Born in 1977 in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied Anthropology and Filmmaking, as well as acting and direction of actors. Adiós entusiasmo is his first feature film.


2011 Soy tan feliz (I am so Happy); 14 min. 2017 Adiós entusiasmo (So Long Enthusiasm)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017