Carlos Atanes

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Carlos Atanes
Born (1971-11-08) November 8, 1971 (age 50)
Barcelona,
Spain
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter, playwright
Years active1987–present
Websitecarlosatanes.com

Carlos Atanes (born November 8, 1971) is a Spanish film director, writer and playwright.[1][2] He was born in Barcelona, and is a member of The Film-Makers' Cooperative, founded by Jonas Mekas, Shirley Clarke, Ken Jacobs, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith and others. His first finished feature-length movie ws 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[edit]

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]

As a writer[edit]

In addition to his work as a screenwriter and playwright, Carlos Atanes has published several books and essays on cultural issues, cinema and Chaos magic.

Filmography as director[edit]

  • 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]
  • Meat Market - Esa Linna (2013) (Music video)
  • Romance bizarro (2017)

Released plays[edit]

  • 2021 – Rey de Marte (Dramatic reading, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • 2021 – Báthory (Dramatic reading, Madrid)
  • 2019 – Antimateria (Tenerife)
  • 2018 – Amaya Galeote's La incapacidad de exprimirte (Madrid)
  • 2018 – La línea del horizonte (Madrid)
  • 2015 – Un genio olvidado (Un rato en la vida de Charles Howard Hinton) (Madrid)
  • 2014 – La quinta estación del puto Vivaldi (Madrid)
  • 2014 – Los ciclos atánicos (Madrid)
  • 2013 – El triunfo de la mediocridad (Madrid)
  • 2013 – Secretitos (Madrid)
  • 2011 – El hombre de la pistola de nata (Madrid)
  • 2011 – La cobra en la cesta de mimbre (Madrid)

Brief plays[edit]

  • 2019 – ¿Hasta cuándo estáis? (Madrid)
  • 2019 – A Praga y vámonos (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 – Caminando por el valle inquietante (Madrid)
  • 2015 – Santos varones (Madrid)
  • 2015 – Porno emocional (Madrid)
  • 2014 – El grifo de 5.000.000 euros (Madrid)
  • 2014 – El vello público (Madrid)
  • 2013 – Necrofilia fina (Madrid)
  • 2013 – Romance bizarro (Madrid)
  • 2012 – La lluvia (Madrid)
  • 2012 – La depredadora (Leganés)


Bibliography[edit]

  • 2021 – Filmar los sueños (Essay) – ISBN 978-84-123896-8-5
  • 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
  • 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

Collective books[edit]

  • 2021 – La invasión de los ultracuerpos, de Philip Kaufman (Essay, Carlos Atanes et al.) – ISBN 978-84-120493-7-4
  • 2020 – Cine que hoy no se podría rodar (Essay, Carlos Atanes et al.) – ISBN 978-84-122716-0-7
  • 2020 – Eyes Wide Shut (Essay, Carlos Atanes et al.) – ISBN 978-84-121874-6-5
  • 2020 – Space Fiction: Visiones de lo cósmico en la ciencia ficción (Essay, Carlos Atanes et al.) – ISBN 978-8412049664
  • 2019 – De Arrebato a Zulueta (Essay, Carlos Atanes et al.) – ISBN 978-84-120493-1-2
  • 2016 – In the Woods & on the Heath (Artbook illustrated by Jan van Rijn, Carlos Atanes et al.)
  • 2010 – La Bestia en la pantalla. Aleister Crowley y el cine fantástico (Essay, Carlos Atanes et al.) – ISBN 9788489668843


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Complete Exile: The Films of Carlos Atanes". Bright Lights Film Journal. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "The 2012 Weirdcademy Awards". 366 Weird Movies. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Maximum Shame (2010)". Cinematic Shocks. March 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Gallino, the Chicken System". Film Threat. September 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions". Film Threat. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Proxima: The Last Sci-Fi". Film Threat. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Maximum Shame". Film Threat. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Gallino, the Chicken System". Film Threat. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013.

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