So Long Enthusiasm

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    So Long Enthusiasm

    Adiós entusiasmo

    Directed by

    Argentina, Colombia


    79 min

    • Spanish


    Margarita 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.


    • Best Film (Colombian Official), Best Director (Official Dramatic) - Cartagena IFF
    • Best Feature Film - BAFICI
    • Best Director - IFF Vladivostok



    Camilo Castiglione
    Laila Maltz
    Mariel Fernandez
    Martina Juncadella
    Sacha Amaral
    Vladimir Durán
    Julian Ledesma
    Ana Godoy
    Laura Bierbrauer

    Director's Statement

    The starting-point is a scenic device with a real history: Sacha Amaral, who co-wrote the film with me, experienced similar enclosures with his mother during his childhood. I myself grew up in a large, particular family. While this biographic connection with a certain aspect of our childhoods does not legitimise the device that plays with the limits of the artifice, it ultimately conveys a higher degree of emotional commitment to the search. SO LONG ENTHUSIASM is one possible outcome of such a search.



    Durán directs with the assuredness of an experienced auteur.

    Isabelle Milton, The Up Coming

    Vladimir Durán

    Vladimir Durán


    Vladimir Durán was born in 1977 in Bogotá, Colombia. He began studying Anthropology at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá in 1996, and then continued those studies at the University of Montreal from 1997 to 1999. From 2000 to 2002, he studied Filmmaking at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied acting and directing actors with Nora Moseinco in Buenos Aires, and with Marketa Kimbrell, among others. He made his first short film, I AM SO HAPPY, in 2011. SO LONG ENTHUSIASM is his first feature film.