Enrique Sánchez Lansch

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Enrique Sánchez Lansch (born 1963) is a Spanish-German film director and screenwriter.


Enrique Sánchez Lansch was born in Gijón, Northern Spain to a Spanish father and German mother. He was raised in Gijón and Cologne, Germany. During his extensive academic and artistic education in theatre and music (including a career as an opera singer as well as a master's degree in Romance Philology, writing his master’s thesis on film adaptation of literature) Enrique Sánchez Lansch worked as an assistant director first for opera productions and later for film and TV while still performing on the opera stage. In the mid 1990s he decided to focus exclusively on film. His work brought him beyond Germany to Italy, France and Greece, writing and directing films mostly on the subjects of music, opera and ballet.

After some years of producing and directing fiction programs for television, Enrique Sánchez Lansch spent a year developing new projects and improving his film and screenwriting skills at Columbia University in New York, and at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 2002 he has been based in Berlin, working as a director and writer of feature length films, both documentary and fiction.



The theatrical documentary Rhythm is it! was awarded with the German Critics Award, the Bavarian Film Award and twice with the German Film Award.

The Promise of Music received the Best Music Documentary Award at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

The Reichsorchester was awarded the Diapason D'Or De L'Année 2008, and the Choc du Monde de La Musique De L'Année 2008.

Piano Encounters won the second prize for best documentary 2010 at the SEMINCI, the international film festival in Valladolid, Spain.

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