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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.

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“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.


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


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


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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