Moon of Avellaneda
|Moon of Avellaneda|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Juan José Campanella|
|Produced by||Adrián Suar
José Estrada Mora
|Written by||Juan José Campanella
Juan Pablo Domenech
|Music by||Ángel Illaramendi|
|Edited by||Camilo Antolini|
Moon of Avellaneda (Spanish: Luna de Avellaneda, also known as Avellaneda's Moon in English) is a 2004 Argentine film directed by Juan José Campanella, and written by Campanella, Fernando Castets and Juan Pablo Domenech. The film stars Ricardo Darín in his third collaboration with Campanella and Eduardo Blanco in his fourth collaboration, as well as Mercedes Morán and Valeria Bertuccelli.
Román Maldonado (Ricardo Darín) was born during a carnival fair held at "Luna de Avellaneda", a sports and social club located in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires province. He is made a member for life, and the club becomes a central part of his life.
The club used to have over 8,000 members in its heyday, but in the 2000s membership has dwindled to some 300. The place is decaying and the gatherings are hardly what they used to be. To top things off, Román discovers his wife is having an affair, and their marriage finds itself at its worst.
Together with Amadeo Grimberg (Eduardo Blanco) and Graciela (Mercedes Morán), friends from the club, he must fight for the survival of the place before it is bought and a bingo parlor is built in its place.
The film chronicles the ups and downs of this fight, as well as Amadeo's struggling relationship with Cristina (Valeria Bertuccelli) and Román's family crisis. In the end, a vote to keep the club alive is defeated 33 to 26, and the main characters find themselves parting ways in a bittersweet manner. The ending is however upbeat, as Román finds hope in finding his old club credential, and together with Amadeo hints that they will start a new one.
- Ricardo Darín as Román Maldonado
- Eduardo Blanco as Amadeo Grimberg
- Mercedes Morán as Graciela
- Valeria Bertuccelli as Cristina
- Silvia Kutika as Verónica
- José Luis López Vázquez as Don Aquiles
- Daniel Fanego as Alejandro
- Atilio Pozzobon as Atilio
- Horacio Peña as Julio
- María Victoria Biscay as Macarena
- Francisco Fernández De Rosa as Darío
- Micaela Moreno as Dalma
- Alan Sabbagh as Ismael
- Sofia Bertolotto as Yanina, Dario's girlfriend
- Ezequiel Merlino as Bruno
- Clarin Entertainment Awards: Clarin Award, Best Supporting Actor - Film (Cine: Mejor Actor de reparto), Eduardo Blanco; 2004.
- Havana Film Festival: Coral, Sound, José Luis Díaz; 2004.
- Goya Awards: Goya, Best Spanish Language Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera de Habla Hispana), Juan José Campanella, Argentina; 2004.
- Moon of Avellaneda at the Internet Movie Database
- Moon of Avellaneda at Cinenacional (Spanish)
- Moon of Avellaneda film review by Josefina Sartora at Cineismo (Spanish)
- Moon of Avellaneda film trailer on YouTube