With a 20-year record of audience and critical acclaim, ¡Viva!, Manchester’s annual, internationally celebrated Spanish & Latin American Film Festival, returns to Cornerhouse and HOME in three parts in celebration of the best in new Hispanic cinema.
Divided into three long weekends in 2015, ¡Viva! presents an eclectic film selection with award winners and UK prèmieres, established filmmakers and new talent, exploring feature films and documentaries. There will also be inspirational figures from the Spanish and Latin American film industries leading talks, Q&As and workshops.
New for 2015 is the division of the festival into three separate festival parts. These include features from a diverse range of genres including comedy, LGBTQI, action, documentary and historical drama. Part one will take place at Cornerhouse from 5 – 9 March, with a mixture of Spanish and Latin American film and a special tribute to commemorate International Women’s Day on 8 March – Alfonso Zarazua’s Os Fenómenos (Aces).
Produced by Film Programme Manager Rachel Hayward and Festival Coordinator Jessie Gibbs, the festival will kick off with Santi Amodeo’s ¿Quien mató a Bambi? (Who Killed Bambi?) (2013), a farcical black comedy following a group of ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations. Amodeo, a director, screenwriter and musician from Seville, will introduce the film ahead of taking part in a post-screening Q&A.
This year’s ¡Viva! showcases Alfonso Zarazua’s Os Fenómenos (Aces) (2014), which tackles the themes of economic crisis and the decimation of the Spanish building industry from the perspective of a single mother. María Victoria Menis’ María y el Araña (Maria and Spider) (2013) is an award-winning film presenting the tragic tale of two Argentine teenagers who fall between the cracks in a grossly unfair world.
Diego Araujo’s Feriado (Holiday) (2014) is the director’s debut feature exploring race, class and sexuality with sensitivity and intelligence through the eyes of 16-year-old, Juan Pablo. Roberto Flores Prieto’s Ruido Rosa (Pink Noise) (2014) takes audiences back to the Caribbean coast of Colombia during the Barranquilla rainy season. Both Alfonso Zarazua and Roberto Flores will visit Manchester for post-screening Q&A events.
¡Viva!, 5 – 9 March, Cornerhouse and HOME, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH. For more information visit www.cornerhouse.org
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1. Alfonso Zarazua, Os Fenómenos (Aces), (2014). Courtesy of the director and Cornerhouse.