Hans Canosa

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Hans Canosa
Born (1970-01-10) January 10, 1970 (age 48)
Holden, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Film director
Film editor
Film producer
Known for Use of split screen effect for the entire film Conversations with Other Women

Hans Canosa (born January 10, 1970) is an American film director, screenwriter, film editor and producer best known for his independent film Conversations with Other Women (2005), starring Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter.[1]


Canosa was born in Holden, Massachusetts, USA, where he received a Fundamentalist Christian education from his parents. Because their beliefs did not support films, Canosa did not go to a movie theater until he was 17 years old. He chose to attend Harvard College, for which he was disinherited by his parents. There he directed several plays and videos. He later entered New York University's graduate film program, but dropped out when he felt it was too restrictive for him.[1][2] It was that day he first saw a film in a theater that Canosa first came up with the idea for a splitscreen film which he used in filming Conversations with Other Women.[3]



In speaking toward Conversations with Other Women, Film Threat wrote "The story is deceptively simple – and yawningly familiar". And in briefly addressing the plot of a man and woman, lover when far younger, reuniting at a New York wedding reception over drinks and cigarettes, and rekindling their past attraction now that we are older and wiser, the reviewer praised Canosa by writing "director Hans Canosa transforms this over-used premise into something moving and memorable".[1] The Montreal Gazette noted that Canosa's use of a split screen format, gave "nuance" to what they termed a "brilliant, witty romance", and offered that it "is also one of the few movies that employs technical trickery to its advantage."[5] Contrarily, San Francisco Chronicle while also praising his film, felt that where other directors might use a split screen occasionally, Canosa's use of the effect for the entire film was "distancing, often frustrating and sometimes just plain odd." They added that although the director's use of split screen might have been questionable, "Canosa brings it off with grace and inventiveness".[6]

Toward Canosa's first project, Alma Mater, Film Threat wrote that with the film being set in 1963, it was a "stylistic throwback", but that it captures the era "quite well", in "terms of what the audience sees on the screen and in the way they see it." They felt the director created a 2002 film that felt like it had actually been shot in 1963.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Doughton, KJ (September 28, 2006). "Conversations with Casanova". Film Threat. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hans Canosa". The List. May 7, 2007. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ Greer, Darroch (August 1, 2006). "Fade to Black: Hans Canosa, Director". Digital Content. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Cellini, Joe. "Hans Canosa: Two-Way "Conversations". apple.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Griffin, J (August 11, 2006). "Split screen gives nuance to brilliant, witty romance". Montreal Gazette. Canwest. Archived from the original on September 25, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ LaSalle, Mick (August 11, 2006). "Wedding chat puts guests in mood". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. 1–2. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Bertrand, Merle (November 24, 2002). "review: Alma Mater". Film Threat. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 

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