With a 20-year record of audience and critical acclaim, ¡Viva! is one of Cornerhouse’s most popular events and is the UK’s largest Spanish and Latin American film festival. The 20th anniversary programme will feature outstanding new films from comedy to documentary and blockbusters to indies, with previews and UK premieres sitting alongside top-calibre feature films. Showcasing new cinema from Spanish and Catalan speaking locations, ¡Viva! will also welcome inspirational leading figures from the Spanish and Latin American film industries, including directors, actors and film experts to lead talks, Q&As and workshops.
By drawing on Cornerhouse’s LiveWire young people’s programme, ¡Viva! makes 14-19-year-olds a key part of the event. Award-winning language study sessions present an opportunity for learners of all levels to engage with native Spanish speakers from Manchester Metropolitan University and the Instituto Cervantes.
Cornerhouse’s Film Programme Manager Rachel Hayward says: “It’s unbelievable that ¡Viva! is 20 years old, and we know that the 2014 festival will be better than ever. Having spent months viewing new Spanish and Latin American films to select the very best for ¡Viva! 2014, we’re thrilled to see such a great programme of screenings, events and language sessions coming together.
“Our 20th programme will guarantee a range of fascinating experiences, both for ¡Viva! regulars and people discovering the festival for the first time. It will also be the last ¡Viva! to be held at Cornerhouse before we move to our exciting new venue, HOME, making it a true landmark event.”
Highlights from ¡Viva! 2014:
Días de vinilo (Days of Vinyl)
An appealing Argentinian comedy starring Gastón Pauls and Leonardo Sbaraglia, whose story unfolds to a feel-good 1960s soundtrack. Damian, Luciano, Facundo and Marcelo have been best buddies since childhood, when their shared love of vinyl records began, but as they enter their 30s new developments test their friendship. First-time director Gabriel Nesci will fly over from Buenos Aires for an exclusive Q&A.
24 cines por segundo: Sábanas blancas (24 Cinemas per Second)
An absorbing documentary about the Spanish film industry featuring interviews with acclaimed directors Carlos Saura and Alex de la Iglesia, as well younger filmmakers and former ¡Viva! guests Jaume Balagueró and Nacho Vigalondo. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
¡Viva! special: Los Golfos (The Delinquents)
Sun 16 & Wed 19 Mar) A rare chance to see renowned director Carlos Saura’s controversial 1960 debut, considered one of the cornerstones of Spanish cinema. A group of teenagers living in a slum suburb of Madrid band together to support their friend Juan’s bid to become a bullfighter, and plan a heist to fund his dream. Finished in 1959 and nominated for the 1960 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Los Golfos was not released until 1962 due to a bitter battle with the Spanish censors.
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