Carles Prats i Garriga (1941-2011) was a Spanish film director, producer and screenwriter. He was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He studied philosophy and law at the University of Barcelona and soon after joined the film industry.
Prats had a long and successful career as a film director, producer and screenwriter. He directed a total of 36 films between 1969 and 2002, and produced eight of them. He also wrote the screenplay for a number of his films. Prats’ films were often of a political nature and many of his works explored themes of social injustice, corruption, and the struggle between the powerful and the powerless.
Prats began his career with the short film La Paz (1969), which won the Gold Medal at the San Sebastian Film Festival. His first full-length feature was the 1970 drama El Verano de los Barceloneses. The film was a critical success and established Prats as an important figure in Spanish cinema.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Prats continued to make films that dealt with political and social issues, and he often collaborated with other important Spanish filmmakers. He directed the 1983 drama La Muerte de un Hombre en Madrid (The Death of a Man in Madrid), which dealt with the harsh realities of life in Franco-era Spain.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Prats returned to making films that were more lighthearted and entertaining, such as the comedy La Mosca (The Fly, 2002). He also produced a number of television shows and documentaries.
Prats was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts by the Spanish government in 1994. He was also an honorary member of the Catalan Academy of Cinema. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 69.
Carles Prats was an important figure in Spanish cinema. His films dealt with a variety of themes, from the struggles of the common man to the darker sides of Spanish politics and society. He was a masterful filmmaker who made a lasting impact on Spanish cinema.