A t one point the writer Robert Walser confesses to his friend Carl Seelig that “Everyday things are beautiful and rich enough to be able to draw poetic sparks from them”. A statement that could very well define the spirit that has driven the conception of the documentary feature film The Sweet Taste of Success.

Its protagonist, and to a certain extent its spiritual guide, María Teresa Paniagua, a successful zarzuela singer in her time, spontaneously proposes a series of reflections on various aspects of contemporary life from her own everyday experiences.

Aspects confirmed by personalities such as Plácido Domingo, Rossy de Palma, Fernando Savater, Javier Sádaba, Alberto García-Alix, Leo Bassi and other prominent figures in psychology, the arts and sciences.

Because The Sweet Taste of Success is a suggestive poetic and aesthetic journey, as well as an invitation to inspire the viewer to ask new questions.


Author, writer and professor


Carlos Tejeda holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and is a Professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Author of the books Maya Deren. Ritual en tiempo transfigurado (Ediciones El País, 2019), Andrei Tarkovski (Cátedra, 2010) and Arte en Fotogramas. Cine realizado por artistas (Cátedra, 2008). Co-author of the book Jim Jarmusch (Cátedra, 2014) and coordinator of the book Cinema XXI. Directores y direcciones (Cátedra, 2013), both with H. J. Rodríguez. Coordinator, with Raúl Álvarez and Israel Paredes, of the book Alain Resnais. Los entresijos de la memoria (Solaris Textos de Cine/Trama Editorial, 2022). He was also coordinator of the book El pulso del narrador Los contrapuntos de Jaime de Armiñán (XVI Festival de Cine Español de Cáceres/Notorious Ediciones, 2009). He has written chapters for several collective books: Trilogía d ela Depresión, de Lars von Trier (Solaris Textos de Cine/Trama Editorial, 2021), Paolo Sorrentino (Solaris Textos de Cine/Trama Editorial, 2021), La invasión de los ultracuerpos, by Philip Kaufman (Solaris Textos de Cine/Trama Editorial, 2021), Cine que hoy no se podría rodar (Solaris Textos de Cine/Trama Editorial, 2020), La infancia en el cine (Forge, 2020), Eyes wide shut (Solaris Textos de cine/Trama Editorial, 2020), La trilogía del Apartamento Roman Polanski (Solaris Textos de Cine/Trama Editorial, 2020), De Arrebato a Zulueta (Solaris Textos de Cine/Trama Editorial, 2019), El grupo GAUR. 50 años (Ed. Comares, 2018), Twin Peaks. 25 Años después todavía se escucha música en el aire (Ed. Innisfree, 2016), Werner Herzog. Espejismos de sueños olvidados (Shangrila, 2015), Benjamín Fernández. Artistic Director, (Filmoteca Española, ICAA, Ministry of Culture, 2009), etc.



He was a member of the advisory committee for the International Documentary Film Festival DocumentaMadrid (in the 2011 and 2012 editions) and documentalist in the Archives of the Museum Collection of the Filmoteca Española (1999-2008) performing, among others, the functions of cataloguing and research for the exhibitions: “Rafael Gil y CIFESA” (2007), “Don Quijote en el cine” (2005), “50 Años de Filmoteca Española / Cine Español de los años 50” (2003) and “Constructores de quimeras. Directores artísticos del cine español” (1999).

Contributor to the cultural supplement of the ABC newspaper – “B/N Cultural” (2003-2005) and “ABCD las Artes y las Letras” (2005-2009)- and to the specialized magazines “Dirigido por”, “Cuadernos de Jazz” and “Kane3”. He has written articles for “LÁPIZ Revista Internacional de Arte”, “Nickel Odeon” or “Shangri-La. Derives and fictions apart”, among others.


Based on real events. Fear emerges in the most unexpected situations. In childhood your dream world can drag you into a delirious abyss. Meanwhile, no one around you is aware of your suffering. Selected in 14 international festivals. Winner of an audience award.


Co-Director of the film "El Dulce Sabor del Éxito".