Boris Quercia

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Boris Quercia
November 2017
Boris Vincenzo Quercia Martinic

(1967-08-31) 31 August 1967 (age 56)
Santiago, Chile
Alma materUniversity of Chile
Occupation(s)Actor, film and theater director, writer
AwardsAltazor Award (2004–2005, 2009–2011)

Boris Quercia Martinic (born 31 August 1967) is a Chilean actor, director, writer, and producer. In theater, he stood out for his performance as Roberto Parra Sandoval in the acclaimed work La negra Ester [es] by Andrés Pérez [es]. As a filmmaker, his first feature film Sex with Love received several national and international awards. As a television director, Los 80 has become one of the most successful Chilean series since its premiere in 2008. And as a writer he has won the Grand Prix of Crime Fiction in France with his second novel, Perro muerto.


The son of actor Benito Quercia, Boris studied acting at the University of Chile.[1]

He is one of the founders of the Teatro Provisorio company, which later became the Gran Circo Teatro [es], directed by Andrés Pérez, and where he starred in the famed play La negra Ester. Later he joined the company Teatro Sombrero Verde, under the direction of Willy Semler.[1]

His career as a film director began with the short film Ñoquis (1995), shot in 16 mm format, followed by El lanza (1997) in 35 mm. In 2000 he premiered L.S.D., the first Chilean film recorded in digital format. Three years later his first feature film, Sex with Love, was released, for which he won the Altazor Award as best director, as well as several other international awards for best film and direction.[1] In 2006 he released his second feature film, El rey de los huevones [es]. Quercia has been the screenwriter of all his films.

In television, he directed the first five seasons (2008–2012) of Los 80, which became one of the most successful series in Chile. He eventually decided to leave the series to be able to act in the Chilean adaptation [es] of the successful Argentine series El hombre de tu vida [es]. About this change, he says that when he was invited to participate in the casting he felt insecure because he had never played the role of conqueror. "Well, I did the casting the same and they liked it and they insisted that I do the character. The problem is that I was going to run into Los 80 and I had to make a very complicated decision, because I feel very good about that project. Somehow, I did five seasons as a director, I wrote several scripts, then it was complicated."[2]

With Guillermo Arriaga at FILSA 2017

In 2010 Quercia published his first novel, Santiago Quiñones, tira. About his writing career, he said in 2013: "I have to find more spaces to devote myself to writing, but it is one of the things that I am most passionate about, and the experience of the novel was very good. I liked it a lot. Furthermore, I think it built a character that I could follow in other instances."[2]

His second detective novel was released in France in 2015, Perro muerto (Tant de chiens, translated by Isabel Siklodi, Editorial Asphalte) starring the same character, PDI detective Santiago Quiñones. The following year, the book won that country's Grand Prix of Crime Fiction in the Foreign Novel category.[3] This award, which in French is called Grand prix du roman noir, has been given annually since 2009 within the framework of the Beaune International Film Festival.[4]

Quercia plans to create a trilogy with his detective, with whom he also wants to make a television series.[3]

His brother Antonio is a director of photography, and they have worked together on several projects, including the series El hombre de tu vida.[2]



Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Altazor Award[1] Direction: Film Sex with Love Winner
2005 Direction: Drama Geografía del deseo [es] Winner
Screenwriter Geografía del deseo Winner
2009 Direction: Drama Los 80 Winner
Screenwriter Los 80 Winner
2010 Direction: Drama Los 80 Winner
2011 Direction: Drama Los 80 Winner
2016 Grand Prix of Crime Fiction[5] Foreign Novel Tant de chiens (Perro muerto) Winner


  1. ^ a b c d "Boris Quercia" (in Spanish). Altazor Award. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Garratt Viñes, Ernesto (5 July 2013). "Boris Quercia: 'Me costó irme de los 80'" [Boris Quercia: 'It Cost Me to Leave Los 80']. El Mercurio Wikén (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b García, Javier (3 December 2016). "Regresa Santiago Quiñones, el detective de Boris Quercia" [Boris Quercia's Detective Santiago Quiñones Returns]. La Tercera (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Grand Prix du Roman Noir Français" [Grand Prix of French Crime Fiction] (in French). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ Fajardo, Marco (27 September 2016). "Boris Quercia gana el Gran Premio de Literatura Policial en Francia" [Boris Quercia Wins the Grand Prix of Crime Fiction in France]. El Mostrador (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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