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Fall Grants 2017
Current project status: COMPLETED

Nicolás Lasnibat / Feature Documentary / France, Chile, Qatar / 2018 / 94 min / Original Language: French, Spanish / Interests: Biography, Docufiction, Creative Documentary


Arturo Belano, alter ego of the writer Roberto Bolaño, shared with his creator a significant part of his biography. The film searches for him in places where his stories and novels occur, meeting with real and imaginary characters, in a territory where reality and fiction have a blurred frontier. A new form of the literary biopic, where the writer and his character turn into one and the same person.


Nicolás Lasnibat
Nicolás Lasnibat
Xavier Rocher

About the Director

Nicolás Lasnibat was born in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1975. He studied film direction at the French cinema school La Fémis. His graduation work '30 years' featured at the Venice Film Festival and won the Best Short Film award in San Sebastián, Toulouse, Rome, among more than 50 festivals selection worldwide. He recently finished his latest film 'Everything You Cannot Leave Behind You' with the support of the CNC and ARTE TV. He also worked as assistant director for Patricio Guzman on his films 'Nostalgia for the Light' (Festival de Cannes, European Film Award for Best Documentary), and 'The Pearl Button', which was awarded in Berlin.

Production Company Profile

La Fabrica Nocturna Productions was founded by producers Marina Perales Marhuenda and Xavier Rocher in 2010. The company produces both short and feature-length films which aim to open up frontiers to creation from all around the world. They have recently produced more than twenty short films and documentaries, including 'Wolf and Sheep' by Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat (Art Cinema Award at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2016), and 'The Lost City' by Chilean director Francisco Hervé (Visions du réel Nyon 2016). La Fabrica Nocturna Productions have also developed several feature films including 'The Heiresses' by Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi, 'The Return' by Syrian director Meyar Al-Roumi, and Shahrbanoo Sadat's latest film 'The Orphanage'.

Awards and Festival History


"Santiago IFF 2018 (WP)
CPH:DOX 2019"


  • Main Contact

    Xavier Rocher

    La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma

  • Production Company

    La Fabrica Nocturna Productions

    La Fabrica Nocturna Productions

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