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52nd edition from May 13 to 23, 2020

El entusiasmo

Fortnight 1999, Feature film, 1h56


Chile 1980 : Guillermo, Fernando and Isabel meet and become friends, adhering to the “Independent Republic”, an utopian concept conceived by Guillermo in reaction to the unrestrained capitalism introduced by the military junta. Chile 1990 : the dictatorship is dead. Fernando and Isabel have had a child, Miguel. The three of them cross the desert to Arica, a town on the Peruvian border, where they open a “tourist adventure” agency. There, they run into their old friend Guillermo ; now bitter and disillusioned, he puts together phony reportages to sell to European television networks. Fernando’s business thrives : fired by his enthusiasm, he associates with a powerful business group, taking Guillermo and Isabel with him. Inevitably, their relations founder, and nothing remains of the unifying “Independent Republic” other than the drawing by young Miguel, which he treasures in the sanctuary of his bedroom.


Ricardo Larraín

After he studied communication in Chili, he graduated as an artistic director. He made short films and animations like La Hoja del sereno. He directed his first feature film in 1991, La Frontera, awarded in many festivals like in Berlin. He then made two social and historical documentaries on Chili: Pasos de baile and Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez. El entusiasmo is his second feature film.

Alvaro Escobar
Alvaro Rudolphy
Carmen Maura
Maribel Verdú

Jorge Goldenberg, Ricardo Larraín

Esteban Courtalon

Marcos de Aguirre

Danielle Fillios

Jorge Arriagada

Set decoration
Patricio Aguilar

production : Cine XXI, Gerona 3450, Santiago du Chili, Chili, Tél. : (56 2) 225 22 03, Fax : (56 2) 204 85 70 Paraíso Production Diffusion, 3 rue Houdart, 75020 Paris, France, Tél. : 33 (0)1 43 15 91 91, Fax : 33 (0)1 43 15 91 00 Cartel S.A. (Madrid, Espagne) vente à l’étranger : Media Luna International Film Sales, Alter Markt 36-42, 50667 Cologne, Allemagne, Tél. : (49 221) 139 22 22, Fax : (49 221) 139 22 24

Title in Original Version : L'enthousiasme