Nicolas Sanchez L.

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Requiem for Bemba

[2015] On september 2012 I was deported from the UK. While I was kept in the detaining room, I met Bemba. Two years later I went out to Tangier in search of him. This is his story through me, and the story of many migrants through him.

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2007 DVD Video, color, sound, ∞ loop

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Tourists Trilogy (Video Series)

[2013] A Trilogy of short films about Tourists being tourists in breathtaking landscapes. Each one as a threnodie -from the Greek threnos (wailing) and oide (ode)- , as a series of laments at the same time as elegies, that in the shape of evocative images tell us the story of a journey, an exodus, maybe an escape or an end.

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Pop corn fields

[2012] The industry is sold out. A film about films about corn fields. Curatorship by Marcelo Sarovic. In order of appearance: Children of the Corn IV (1996, Greg Spence), Field of dreams (1989, Phil Alden Robinson), Signs (2002, M. Night Shyamalan), Children of the Corn (2009, Donald P. Borchers), Haute Tension (2003, Alexandre Aja), Joyride (2001, John Dahl), Freddy vs. Jason (2003, Ronny Yu), Children of the Corn VII (2001, Guy Magar), Children of the Corn VI (1999, Kari Skogland), Children of the Corn III (1995, James D.R. Hickox), Twister (1996, Jan de Bont), Children of the Corn V (1998, Ethan Wiley), North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock), Children of the Corn I (1984, Fritz Kiersch), The Informant! (2009, Steven Soderbergh), Secret Window (2004, David Koepp), Children of the Corn II (1992, David Price), Planet of the Apes (1968, Franklin J. Schaffner), A Scanner Darkly (2006, Richard Linklater), The Straight Story (1999, David Lynch).

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Life is elsewhere

A lyric documentary of a distant journey from Atacama Desert to Patagonia, carrying a camera and a tripod over the shoulders, from a fog oasis to a bygone estancia in a pursuit journey to find life. Horacio is a former priest, archaeologist and anthropologist who researches a fog oasis in the Atacama desert which was inhabited by primitive cultures centuries ago. Alfonso is a lawyer who chose to retire to Patagonia to revive an old sheep estancia in decline. Through lengthy conversations immersed in astounding landscapes, the documentary reveals the strong link they hold with their inhabited place, leading a life of deep connections in isolated territories. Revolving around life, modernity, resistance and change, their stories unveil unique life experiences and singular insights. Full film available here: Backstage

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life...” H.D. Thoreau
In January 2010, in Thoreau’s way, I went by myself, carrying a camera and a tripod over my shoulders, through deserts and steppes in a pursuit journey to find life. I had always wanted to make a movie. When I decided to start I realised that I had already made it. Two people who I had met under certain (determinant) circumstances in my life, had built through me a discourse about life in the form of a full-length documentary. Although I was once again late to my own idea about making a film, it still needed to be filmed. This is how in January 2010 I parted by myself, camera and tripod over my shoulder, to film lives at ground level within determining geographies. I carried with me the minimum equipment possible, seeking to create an atmosphere of intimacy and sensibility that allowed the landscape, and those who inhabit it in silence, speak. There began a project as long and difficult as it is stimulant, a project that today, three years later, has finally reached its conclusion. Details Country: Chile Language: Spanish (sub. in English and Spanish) Release Date: Also Known As: La Vida esta en Otra Parte Filming locations: Patagonia, San Gregorio, Magallanes region, Chile Atacama Desert, Alto Patache, Tarapacá region, Chile. Technical specs Runtime: 1 hr 42 min (102 min) Sound: Stereo Color: Color Format: 1080p HD video Copyright: All rights reserved Credits Directed and filmed by Nicolas Sanchez \ Original music by hermano-hermano \ Producer \ Technical advice Globo Rojo Producciones \ Production Management Nicole Rochette \ Edition and Montage Nicolas Sanchez \ Audio Post-production Camilo Artigas \ Video Post-production Nicolas Sanchez Screenings September 9-10 2015, Chile Chico, Chile
August 21 2015, Futaleufú, Chile
February 2015, London, UK
February 2015, FICA, Parque Tantauco, Quellón, Chile
February 2 2015, FECIR, Rengo, Chile
January 8 2015, Taller BLOC, Santiago, Chile
January 2015, FICA, Arica, Chile
January 2015, FICA, Santiago, Chile
January 2015, FICA, Valparaiso / Viña del Mar, Chile
December 15 2014, FICAMS, Puerto Williams, Chile
December 3 2014, FICAMS, Punta Arenas, Chile
November 7 2014, FEDOCHI, Castro, Chile
January 14 2013, Cecilia Brunson Projects, London, UK

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Noah's raft, (living off) the fat of the land

[2011] The project consists in building a raft to navigate downstream the Mapocho river, since its channeled entrance into the center-north of the city of Santiago until its mouth in the Maipo river, across the districts of Vitacura, Las Condes, Providencia , Recoleta, Independencia, Santiago, Renca, among others. To build the raft I will use only industrial waste collected around the city... to sail and navigate in search of another land, beyond this city, to survive the flood and find “where germinates the seed of a new humanity” (Wisdom 14:6 .) The phrase living off the fat of the land – also of biblical origin (Genesis 45: 17) – refers to live off the fertility and abundance of the earth. In a contemporary sense and focused in urban dynamics, this fat, once abundance and generosity, has now sadly been exploited to excess, extravagance and waste. It is precisely these excesses caused by certain ideas of progress, which I see symbolized in the waste that will be used to build the raft; excesses from which I escape by the sailing aimlessly away. The project ultimately explores the human experience in the cities, showing certain urban situations that reveal the need to recover public space for people, imagining new occupation dynamics which poetically illuminate richer, diverse and simpler ways of living