To travel to outer space and to colonize other worlds is the dream of every Sci-Fi lover. But what will be of the science fiction when these dreams turn actually?
Tony, a video shop owner specialized in fantasy films, will have to confront this question and great others on having met on the way that will lead until Proxima Centauri, the hall to the human expansion to space. This short-cut to the stars is announced publicly by famous science fiction author Felix Cadecq, but as it happened to Philip K. Dick when in 1977 he did another equally scandalous advertisement in a Sci-Fi congress in Metz, everybody takes him as a madman.
Everybody except one: Tony. From this revelation his desolate and monotonous life changes radically to turns in an odyssey marked of dangers that will lead him very far from here, beyond Jupiter and Heliosphere, to the time and place where he has always dreamed to be. But the time runs against the clock and he must hurry up: an extraterrestrial fleet goes towards the Earth ready to establish the first contact. And the mankind, who has lost too much time without breaking the shell, is not prepared to assume the truth. The end is announced and inevitable.
Written and directed by Carlos Atanes
Cast: Oriol Aubets, Anthony Blake, Manel Solàs, Abel Folk, Joan Frank Charansonnet, Hans Richter, Karen Owens, Manuel Masera, Bea Urzáiz, Quim Castellà, Arantxa Peña, Enric Cervera.
Music by Xavier Tort and TMK - The Maldoror Kollective
Direction of photography
Joan Babiloni (AEC)
Produced by Marta Timón
Co-produced by Manuel Masera
«In the age of loud and bombastic, it is a tremendous breath of fresh air to find an SF movie that dares to be quirky, intelligent and defiantly its own beast.
Perhaps the best Phillip K. Dick movie that has nothing to do with PKD, you might get a hint of what it's like if you think Primer by way of Alejandro Jodorowski, with bursts of Repo Man absurdity, a hint of Tarkovsky's Stalker, and a truckload of cheap sci fi tropes.
If a foreign language art film with secret powers, black clad commandos, weird cults, deprogrammers, tons of nerdy SF geek references and, yes, even spaceships, sounds like your thing, then give PROXIMA a try.»
"A film this intelligent is rare, and sadly such intelligence is even more rare in modern sci-fi films."
(David Carter, Film Fanaddict) Read here the whole review.
"A very Philip K. Dick-ian film with its abrupt conceptual, twists and shifting revelations about what is real."
(Richard Scheib, The SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review) Read here the whole review.
"In the vein of Solaris, K-PAX and The Man Who Fell to Earth, PROXIMA is a refreshing film full of wonder."
(London Sci Fi Festival)
"A very intelligent science fiction film with great directing and great landscape imagery."
(Anthony Thurber, Film Arcade) Read here the whole review.
"An exciting adventure that widely overcomes the plot of the best sci-fi movies."
(Más Allá de la Ciencia)
"Far-reaching indie film combines many great ideas with courage and intelligence: PROXIMA is an endearingly off-beat sci-fi film whose odder moments owe to the visionary can-do determination of Spanish underground director Carlos Atanes."
(Carl J. Schroeder, The Mystical Movie Guide) Read here the whole review.
"Atanes doesn't get too copy with paying games 'is this or isn't this really happening?' within the film itself. The action is presented pretty much along concrete lines to be taken at face value, which is shocking considering the director's previous work. But it's a succesful new ground he's treading while still retaining a lot of the playfulness of his earlier outré work."
(Mike Everleth, Underground Film Journal) Read here the whole review.
"A sophisticated allegory about the pursuit of an imaginative life."
(Gerard Wood, Science Fiction and Fantasy Media) Read here the whole review.
"If you’re looking for something different in science fiction from your traditional lasers and alien monsters, check out Carlos Atanes’s PROXIMA. Remember Proxima is not just a place, it’s a state of mind… literally."
(Nic Brown, B Movie Man) Read here the whole review.
"The cast put in consistently strong performances and this, combined with both the visual feel of the film as well as the sheer volume of ideas and conceptual twists with which it is packed not only keeps you engaged throughout, but is also enough bring you back to the film, many times over."
(Paul Pritchard, Pulpmovies) Read here the whole review.
Nominated for Icon Award to the Best Feature Film at Tel Aviv International Fantasy Film Festival (Israel, 2007)
Nominated for Ignotus Award to the 2007 Best Spanish Film (Spanish Science Fiction Association, AEFCFT)
Arts and Culture Award given by "3 de Marzo" - University of Huelva Ex-Students Association
ALSO officially selected at
Porto - Fantasporto International Film Festival (Portugal, 2007) London - International Festival of Sci-Fi and Fantastic Film (UK, 2007) Detroit - Planet Ant Film & Video Festival (USA, 2008) Buenos Aires - BARS Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico (Argentina, 2007) Montevideo - Montevideo Fantástico Film Festival (Uruguay, 2008) Morelia - Muestra Internacional de Cine Independiente (Mexico, 2007) Copenhagen - EUROCON European Sci-Fi Convention (Denmark, 2007) Sevilla - IV Muestra del Audiovisual Andaluz (Spain, 2009)