by Andrés Sanjurjo
by Andrés Sanjurjo
Oversea is a travel diary that shows a couple’s relationship with the world through the filmmaker’s own melancholic gaze, which is pierced by the absence of his sister and makes us reflect on how to learn to live in the world without a loved one.
Title: Alén mar
Internacional title: Oversea
Genre: Diary / Creative documentary
Duration: 68 min. (estimated)
Shooting format: Super 16mm
Exhibition format: DCP HD
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Nationality: Spain / Chile
Original Language: Galicia / Spanish
Production: Acariño Films
Year of production: 2022
crew and cast
crew and cast
Direction, production and direction of photography: Andrés Sanjurjo
Screenplay: Andrés Sanjurjo, Sabela Eiriz
Writing consultant: Marta Andreu – Walden Residences
Editing: Carlos Martínez-Peñalver, Andrés Sanjurjo
Sound design: Tiago Cardoso
Direct sound: Laura Escacha
BSO: crnds, Álvaro Chior
Graphic and web design: Andrea Rodríguez
Associated producer: Fernando Venegas
Cast: Laura Escacha, Pepe López, Mirna Vergara, Emi Cárdenas Adaros, Pamela R. Adaros, Cristóbal Cárdenas, Ciro Bahamonde, Sandro González
Support: AGADIC · Xunta de Galicia
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Push-play – Festival internacional de cine de Gijón · 2019
#Lab – Novos cinemas · 2018
Arché – Docslisboa · 2017
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I have been wandering from place to place for ten years without settling down, without having a home. The same years that have passed since my sister Marta died. She had done an exchange programme in South America and, following in her footsteps (un)consciously, I chose to finish my undergraduate studies in Chile.
On one of my trips around the country with a friend, I discovered an island that reminded me of where I come from, Galicia, the place of my childhood with Marta. I knew at that moment that I needed to make a film there.
Three years later, I went back to the island for a few months with my partner at the time, Laura.
I wanted to make a film about the end of some community work rites, but during that time we saw that it was too late and that life almost didn’t exist anymore. Maybe what attracted me to that place was its fading away. Maybe I always looked at people or places that are losing something, because that emptiness was also in me. After this first trip I realised that I was travelling as a form of escape.
After two years, we went back to Chiloé again to film that experience.
The film begins in a more documentary mode, with the inclusion of meta-cinematic sequences that speak of the filmmaking process, and fades into more abstract, poetic or dreamlike images where the film becomes more radical and interesting, giving the viewer the freedom to feel the melancholy that runs throughout the piece.
With this project I am discovering what remains after having lived something, when leaving behind, when saying goodbye. I propose to the spectator an experience with which to reflect on the possibility of learning to live in the world without a loved one, to live with what has been lost, from mourning, with what (only apparently) is no longer there.
Oversea is a film about learning to say goodbye.