Carlos Atanes


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Underground filmmaker and playwright

«Atanes, already Spain’s underground master.»
(Mike Everleth, Underground Fillm Journal)

«There is a reason why Carlos Atanes is one of the premier underground filmmakers. He makes utterly insane, funny and thought-out pieces of works that will never fully leave your mind.»
(Ronny Carlsson, Film Bizarro)

«Atanes is known for his incredibly weird underground films. Where he gets his ideas from? I don’t know. I really don’t know. But what he creates is fantastic.»
(Frank Schonewille, head programming of the BUT Film Festival)

«The most compelling visually styled directors out there in the underground film scene today.»
(Anthony Thurber, Film Arcade)

«Total artist who sells his soul to the devil and his actions outside our borders, because it is not a Prophet in his own land, but that will end up imposing his Liber Legis and his style.»
(Astrum X, La Caja de Pandora)

«One of these authentic, different filmmakers, dedicated to creating his own expressive tools.»
(Alejandro Yamgotchian, Arte 7)

«The next David Lynch with a little bit of David Cronenberg thrown in for good measure.»
(Gorehounds Unite!)

«One of the few directors who can mix the surreal and real together and have neither seem out of place. He is quickly becoming a favorite here at Film Fanaddict and you’re encouraged to check him out as soon as you get the chance.»
(David Carter, Film Fanaddict)

«Carlos Atanes makes completely strange scenarios very interesting with his powerful visuals.»
(Verislav Kucan, Evil Dread)

«Original, bizarre, provocative, Atanes' principal influences are Bunuel, Arrabal, and Jean Cocteau as well as Greenaway, Lynch, Cronenberg, Ionesco, Stanislaw Lem, Philip K. Dick, and Boris Vian, among others.»
(Rob Smart, Bright Lights Film Journal)

«It’s impressive how far Atanes goes with so little money.»
(Andreas Stoehr,

«Carlos Atanes seems to be an uncompromising director, who doesn't take the easy way out. That is the big part (along with the bunch of great actors and actresses) of extraordinary feel that gushes from Atanes' intriguing films.»
(Esa Linna, Extraordinary Movies & Video Guide)

«Carlos Atanes broadens your mind.»
(The Angry Princess, This Is Some Scene)

«Behind Atanes' stories there is an underworld of beauty and anti-poetry that deserves attention from fans of weird.»
(Luca di Manteca, Almas Oscuras)

«Saying that Carlos Atanes is an odd filmmaker is a slight euphemism.»
(Jérôme Spenlehauer, Cinetrange)

External Links


  1. Verónica Fuentes
  2. Dominic Riccitello
  3. John Harrigan
  4. Rarovideousa
  5. Hybrid Vigor Film
  6. MEAT Clown
  7. Liam Rogers
  8. Daniela Wayllace
  9. Victoria Naumova
  10. BUT Film Festival
  11. Fantasia Film Festival
  12. Leah Meyerhoff
  13. Revelation FilmFest
  14. Ryan Trecartin
  15. WNDX
  16. Ann Arbor Film Festival
  17. Boston Underground Film Festival
  18. Damon Packard

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