Carlos Atanes

Carlos Atanes
Born (1971-11-08) November 8, 1971 (age 48)
Barcelona,
Spain
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, playwright
Years active 1987–present
Website carlosatanes.com

Carlos Atanes (born November 8, 1971 in Barcelona, Spain) is a Spanish film director, writer and playwright.[1][2] He is member of The Film-Makers' Cooperative, founded by Jonas Mekas, Shirley Clarke, Ken Jacobs, Andy Warhol, and Jack Smith among others. His first finished feature-length movie is FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions, which he released in 2004. The movie won the Best Feature Film Award at the Athens Panorama of Independent Filmmakers in 2005 and was also nominated for the Méliès d'Argent at Fantasporto that same year.

Reception

Critics often express the difficulty of valuing Atanes' cinematography and sometimes they even refrain from scoring it, since these are unusual films that escape the standard classification. Dave J. Wilson from Cinematic Shocks says regarding Maximum Shame “it exists outside of the cinematic norm not following its conventions (…) it is purely visual art rather than a real narrative a dreamlike mind-fuck of philosophical musings. It is not a question of whether it is good or not as it does not conform to cinematic conventions. Therefore, I will not be giving a rating for this review, as it is hard for me to judge it on such terms. Whether you like the film or not you will ultimately more likely all reach the same conclusion that it is at least a unique work.”[3] Film Threat, meanwhile, says that within Gallino, the Chicken System “is an entire universe of creativity, albeit one that may or may not reflect this plane of reality as we know it. I don’t know that the traditional sense of how we react to film applies here. It’s more of an art experience than a simple film (…) I don’t know that it’s for everyone (or anyone), but it’s certainly unique.”[4]

Filmography as director

  • La ira (1989)
  • Le Descente à l’enfer d’un poète (1990)
  • Romanzio in el sècolo ventuno (1991)
  • Els Peixos argentats a la peixera (1991)
  • Morir de calor (1991)
  • The Marvellous World of the Cucu Bird (1991)
  • Els Peixos Argentats a la Peixera (1991, co-directed with Hermann Bonnin)
  • El Parc (1992, co-directed with Hermann Bonnin)
  • The Mental Tenor (1993)
  • The Metamorphosis of Franz Kafka (1993)
  • Metaminds & Metabodies (1995)
  • Morfing (1996)
  • Borneo (1997)
  • The Seven Hills of Rome (1998)
  • Welcome to Spain (1999)
  • Cyberspace Under Control (2000)
  • Perdurabo (Where is Aleister Crowley?) (2003)
  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004)[5]
  • Proxima (2007)[6]
  • Made in Proxima (2007)
  • Codex Atanicus (2007)
  • Scream Queen (2008)
  • Maximum Shame (2010)[7]
  • Gallino, the Chicken System (2012)[8]
  • Romance bizarro (2017)

Released plays

  • 2019 – Antimateria (Tenerife)
  • 2019 – ¿Hasta cuándo estáis? (Madrid)
  • 2019 – A Praga y vámonos (Madrid)
  • 2018 – Amaya Galeote's La incapacidad de exprimirte (Madrid)
  • 2018 – La línea del horizonte (Madrid)
  • 2018 – Chéjov bajo cero (Málaga)
  • 2017 – Sexo y tortilla (Madrid)
  • 2017 – Pasión mostrenca (Madrid)
  • 2016 – La abuela de Frankenstein (Madrid)
  • 2016 – Love is in the Box (Madrid)
  • 2015 – Un genio olvidado (Un rato en la vida de Charles Howard Hinton) (Madrid)
  • 2015 – Caminando por el valle inquietante (Madrid)
  • 2015 – Santos varones (Madrid)
  • 2015 – Porno emocional (Madrid)
  • 2014 – La quinta estación del puto Vivaldi (Madrid)
  • 2014 – El grifo de 5.000.000 euros (Madrid)
  • 2014 – El vello público (Madrid)
  • 2014 – Los ciclos atánicos (Madrid)
  • 2013 – El triunfo de la mediocridad (Madrid)
  • 2013 – Necrofilia fina (Madrid)
  • 2013 – Secretitos (Madrid)
  • 2013 – Romance bizarro (Madrid)
  • 2012 – La lluvia (Madrid)
  • 2012 – La depredadora (Leganés)
  • 2011 – El hombre de la pistola de nata (Madrid)
  • 2011 – La cobra en la cesta de mimbre (Madrid)

Music video

  • 2013 – Meat Market - Esa Linna

Bibliography

  • 2019 – De Arrebato a Zulueta (Essay, Carlos Atanes et al.) – ISBN 978-84-120493-1-2
  • 2018 – Magia del Caos para escépticos (Essay) – ISBN 978-84-949113-4-7
  • 2018 – Demos lo que sobre a los perros (Essay) – ISBN 978-1721253517
  • 2017 – Un genio olvidado (Un rato en la vida de Charles Howard Hinton) (Theatre) – ISBN 1546636897
  • 2013 – Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell: The screenplay never filmedISBN 1482599554
  • 2010 – La Bestia en la pantalla. Aleister Crowley y el cine fantástico (Essay, Carlos Atanes et al.) – ISBN 9788489668843
  • 2007 – Los trabajos del director (Essay) – ISBN 978-1-4348-1870-6
  • 2003 – El hombre de la pistola de nata (Theatre) – ISBN 978-1-4348-1903-1
  • 2002 – Confutatis Maledictis (Novel) – ISBN 978-1-4348-1901-7
  • 2002 – La cobra en la cesta de mimbre (Theatre) – ISBN 978-1-4348-1902-4
  • 2001 – Combustión espontánea de un jurado (Novel) – ISBN 978-1-4752-4148-8

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