Preview: Spanish and Latin American Film Festival ¡Viva! at HOME

By March 17, 2016


Photo Credit: Len Grant

Photo Credit: Len Grant – Humberto Vélez’s ‘The Storming’

This year sees HOME bring us Manchester’s 22nd edition of Spanish and Latin American Festival ¡Viva!. With an exciting programme of film, theatre and art from across the Spanish-speaking world, this April’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The festival boasts a diverse film programme featuring 20 films in 4 different languages, including work from new and established directors, four UK premiers (Mi Gran Noche, Amama, Juntos y revueltos and L’adopció), and three previews of films to come to UK screens later in the year (El Abrazo de la serpiente, El Clan and Truman). Holding true to Cornerhouse’s commitment to provide a space for creative dialogue as well as a platform for non-mainstream and foreign film, HOME’s programme sees many films accompanied by filmmakers’ Q&As, introduced screenings and post-screening discussions.

Events catering to diverse audiences show thoughtful planning as the festival will include a baby friendly screening on Thursday 21 April and the first ever HOME-commissioned audio description for the blind or partially sighted to accompany the screening of documentary Gabor. In collaboration with Manchester’s Instituto Cervantes, the Café Cervantes event provides a space for Spanish language learners to discuss and share opinions about this year’s festival. Offering the option to bulk buy tickets at a discounted rate as well as their regular student and concession prices, HOME offers top quality entertainment for prices that won’t be found in mainstream cinemas.

For the first time ever, theatre is included in the festival line-up, taking advantage of new location HOME’s two theatre spaces. Pieces include brand new commissions from ATRESBANDES and Little Soldier, as well as a showcase of work by award winning Cuban playwright Abel González Melo, whose play Chamaco will see its UK premier.

When it comes to visual art, HOME is staging a reunion of Humberto Vélez’s The Storming. For lovers of Latin music, be sure to attend the festival’s Latin party on Sat 23 April from 17.45.

Our picks:

Carancho – One of four films at the festival featuring Argentinian actor Ricardo Darín, Carancho is a visceral and exciting Argentine thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Not for the faint hearted.

Chamaco – Sure to honour HOME’s dedication to showcasing daring and playful theatre, this scratch performance promises to be a unique and unmissable insight into the difficult realities of life in Cuba. This event is part of the theatre programme, newly added to the festival this year.

¡Viva! is presented with Instituto Cervantes (Manchester) and the Office for Cultural Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom, with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Date & Time

Thu 7 Apr 2016 – Sun 24 Apr 2016

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