--- Controversial adaptation of Kafka's classic

Two years after finishing film studies, Carlos Atanes, great fan of Franz Kafka, directed this adaptation very freely. He made the risky decision to don't limit himself too much to the text. He took advantage from what producion achieved (as a magnificent location with a library with more than 60,000 volumes). He added some winks to other Kafka's works (and Borges', and Piranesi's...) and above all, he dressed the story with a lot of allusions and references to the author's private and familar life, especially to his father, Hermann Kafka, whom Franz always had complicated relationship.

This identification between fictitious family (the Samsas) and true family (the Kafkas) also inspired a change into the time context: the story is placed at Central Europe subjugated by national socialism, grotesque regime that Franz Kafka didn't know, but it was what, some years after his death, annihilated his family. Even the title takes part into the double biographical / literary meaning: "The Metamorphosis of Franz Kafka" is "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka and also the metamorphosis of Franz Kafka. Logically so heterodox adaptation of a so venerated text has caused very polarized reactions, and Carlos Atanes is still receiving angry condemnations from the most purist kafkians long time after this medium-length film was published in internet.

Transforming the Metamorphosis - by Jennifer Makowsky
Kafka’s Metamorphosis Story vs. Movie - by Charlotte Tanyi
The Metamorphosis Decades Apart - by Ashley Edmonds
Short Film: Carlos Atanes’ The Metamorphosis - by Mike Everleth

Fifteen years later ...

"The Metamorphosis of Franz Kafka" meant, in 1993, the first collaboration between actress Arantxa Peña and director Carlos Atanes. Their last joint work to date has been the shortfilm "Scream Queen" (2009):



Antonio Vladimir
Manuel Solàs
Arantxa Peña
José María Nunes
Anne Sofie Nilsson
Xavier Villena.

Directed by Carlos Atanes

Shortfilm - 30 min.


Carlos Atanes is an underground filmmaker and playwright. He has directed a lot of dystopian, weird and disturbing films known as atanic films. If you wish to enter his world, you can't miss the shortfilms anthology Codex Atanicus (1995-1999), the book Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell and the feature-length movies FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004), PROXIMA (2007), Maximum Shame (2010) and the newest one, Gallino, the Chicken System (2012), all of them available on DVD and Video On Demand. Go for a walk through this website and you'll enjoy other atanic works, texts and interviews.
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Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell

Maximum Shame, apocalyptic fetish horrir musical chess sci-fi weird feature movie available on DVD and Video On Demand on Amazon. Gallino, the Chicken System, the first Pornophilosophical film in History, now available on DVD and Video On Demand on Amazon. A story full of lechery, sarcasm, extravagance, impossible geometries, discovery of existence's hidden sides and a pinch of Sex Magick.


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