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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions is a feature-length dystopian movie, written and directed by Carlos Atanes and released in 2004.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions movie poster
Directed byCarlos Atanes
Produced byMarta Timón
Written byCarlos Atanes
StarringXavier Tort
Anne-Céline Auché
Manuel Solàs
Raúl Mena
Marta Timón
Antonio Vladimir
Neus Bernaus
Anna Diogène
Distributed byFortKnox Audiovisual
Release date
October 12, 2004
Running time
82 min.


France, sometime in the near future. The Sisterhood of Metacontrol governs Europe. Angeline, an exemplary and irreproachable citizen has just joined the Order but her relationship with a special man, Nono, makes her question profoundly the principles of the Doctrine.


FAQ is a rarity in Spanish cinematography, as it is an independent film made in a country that produces almost no science-fiction.[citation needed] FAQ portrays a future world ruled by a totalitarian government, following in the footsteps of other famous dystopias such as Nineteen Eighty-Four and THX 1138. In FAQ, the totalitarian government is a matriarchy, which is the expansion of the current "politically correct" discourse to its paroxysm.

After several short films (the most outrageous ones are collected into the Anthology CODEX ATANICUS) and before PROXIMA Carlos Atanes filmed his first feature film FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions in one year, plus three years of post-production. It was released in 2004 at the Girona International Film Festival, the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Fantasy Film Festival, Tel Aviv ICon festival and the Spanish Science Fiction Convention.

FAQ was produced with no help from distributors or institutions, and took a tortuous voyage[clarification needed] through film festivals until it became one of the Spanish feature films most selected by film festivals around the world in 2005. This was not enough to attract interest from Spanish distributors. After good reviews from fantasy and indie film websites, and acknowledgment from the Athens and Fantasporto film festivals, an enterprise from New York (S.R.S. Cinema, L.L.C.) assumed distribution of the film for five years. Finally FAQ was released on DVD in August 2007 for a worldwide audience. In December 2010, FortKnox Audiovisual releases a Special Collector's Edition DVD, which includes some extras and the short documentary About FAQ.[1]

Cast and roles includeEdit

  • Xavier Tort - Nono
  • Anne-Céline Auche - Angeline
  • Manuel Solàs - Head Insurgent
  • Raúl Mena - Apprentice Insurgent
  • Marta Timón - Metacontrol Inspector
  • Antonio Vladimir - Method actor
  • Neus Bernaus - Adviser to Number 3
  • Anna Diogène - Number 3
  • Neus Suñé - The surgeon
  • Xavier Tor Sanz - The butler
  • Christian Stamm - The voice


  • 7th International Panorama of Independent Filmmakers, (Athens): BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD
  • 26th Fantasporto - Porto International Film Festival, (Porto): NOMINATED for European Award MÉLIÈS D'ARGENT


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