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Meet the artist after the screening on 25/05

Having always been fascinated by Tarzan, stories of exploration and remote landscapes, Carlos Casas has created an immersive cinematographic work that starts from the discovery of otherwise impenetrable natural environments. In Sanctuary, he plunges us into the darkness of the jungle en route for the elephants’ graveyard, the final resting place for those who sense the end of their life approaching. A place of refuge for a disappearing species, and a path perhaps towards reincarnation… Somewhere between expanded cinema, a documentary and a sound installation, Sanctuary composes an environment out of images and (infra-)sounds recorded in the field by Carlos Casas and Chris Watson, a pioneer in field recording. The work invites us to go beyond our own cognitive and sensorial limits and lose ourselves to an extremely moving experience. Sanctuary is an exhortation to leave behind our viewpoints as humans always out to win and to imagine our own sanctuaries. Visionary.

See also
Workshop for schools on 24/05
From 21 to 31 May CINEMATEK presents a retrospective of Carlos Casas’ work and presents a carte blanche about Sanctuary on 27/05. More info on

A project by
Carlos Casas

Chris Watson

Sound engineer & sound spatialisation
Tony Myatt

Benjamin Echazarreta

Felipe Guerrero

Location sound & sound mix
Marc Parazon

Sinharaja, S.A Senevirathne, Warna Sandeeya, Wayne Bamford, Tony Lourds, Yashodha Suriyapperuma

Bioacoustician & elephant consultant
Joyce Poole

Francesco Meneghini

Music (Requiem)
Sebastian Escofet

Music (Epilogue)
Ariel Guzik

Special thanks
Andrea Lissoni (Tate Modern), Krzysztof Dabrowski & Katy Payne (Elephant Listening Project), Peter Wrege, Liz Rowland, Tony Herrington & Dereck Walmsley (The Wire), Mirko Rizzi (Marsèlleria), Jean Pierre Rehm (FID), Fabienne Morris & Rebecca De Pas (FIDlab), Olivier Marboeuf (Spectre Productions), Maximiliano Cruz, Sandra Gómez & Michel Lipkes (RMFF), Vimukthi Jayasundara & Iranthi Abeyasinghe (Film Island), Tine Fisher, Mette Bjerregaard & Paulina Witte (CPHdox), Elena Hill, Filipa Ramos & Xavier Garcia Bardon (BOZAR), Joyce Poole & Petter Granli (Elephant voices), Nico Vascellari, Lorenzo Bravi, Daniele Gasparinetti & Silvia Fanti (Netmage & Xing Bologna), Ted Levin & Michael Casey (Dartmouth College), Cheryl Sim (DHC/ART, PHI Canada), Batman Zavareze (Multiplicidade), Carly Whitefield (Tate Modern) Johnny Weissmuller, Michael Snow

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Brigittines

Olivier Marboeuf (Spectre Productions), La Fabrique Phantom (France), Elena Hill, Soda Film + Art (United Kingdom), Krzysztof Dabrowski, Kimnes/Bersch (Poland), Saodat Ismailova (Map Productions, France & Uzbekistan)

Executive producers
Cedric Walter (Spectre Productions), Iranthi Abeyasinghe (Film Island, Sri Lanka)

Supported by
CNAP (France), DICREAM (France), Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom, Small Arts Awards Fund), OUTSET SW

Sanctuary received the FIDLAB Award (France) and the Special Jury award of the Riviera Maya Film Festival (Mexico)

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Carlos Casas, (b. 1974, Barcelona, Spain) Lives and works between Paris and Barcelona. His last three films have been awarded in festivals around the world from Torino, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City and his film works and installations have been presented in collective and personal exhibitions internationally. He has concluded a trilogy of films, END dedicated to the most extreme environments on the planet, Patagonia, Aral Sea, and Siberia. Avalanche an a lifelong project and site-specific film project based on one of Pamir highest inhabited village has been presented in different museums, festivals and gallery spaces around Europe and the USA. His films have been shown in festivals like Venice Film festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, FID Marseille, BAFICI Buenos Aires, Jeonju Festival, South Korea, Documenta Madrid, FICCO Mexico and others. His works have been presented in museum and spaces like Tate Modern, London, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Hangar Bicocca, Milano, Bozar Bruxelles, Oi Futuro Rio de Janeiro, MIS Sao Paolo, Center Pompidou, Fondation Cartier, Paris, Centre Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Malba Buenos Aires, GAM, Torino. Cemetery his latest project on production is a take on the myth of the elephant cemetery. He was creative director of Colors Music and Films from 2005-2008 where he developed audiovisual projects and music research in various regions around the world. He is co-founder of Map Productions and the visual sound label Von Archives. He is visiting professor at Dartmouth College USA, and ECAM Madrid, Spain. 

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