¡Viva! 14th Spanish & Latin American Film Festival

¡Viva! returns for its 14th edition with more film than ever before and no less than 24 UK premieres!

Programme details can be found below but you may want to go to the ¡Viva! website where you can find the latest updates on guests and news form the festival.

Highlights include a host of Box Office hits (EL ORFANATO, [REC], BAJO LAS ESTRELLAS), several directorial debuts (including Gael Garcia Bernal’s DEFICIT) and many many more…. Our programme spans genres and countries of origin so you’ll be sure to find something you like.

Happy browsing and ¡Disfrutad el festival! 

Don’t forget that for all of you hard core ¡Viva! attenders, a festival pass is available and a great value for money.

Plus if you have seen a ¡Viva! film, you can add your own film review on the ¡Viva! website so go to www.vivafilmfestival.com and give us your opinion!

In this festival

Los puños de la nación

The true story of boxer Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran who rose from poverty to become a champion and unwittingly fulfill Panama's desperate need for…

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Una estrella y dos cafés

A charming tale about a city architect dispatched to a remote Andean village where he develops an unlikely friendship with 13-year-old Estela.

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Previously in this Festival

The Spirit of the Beehive

A new print of one of the seminal film of the new Spanish cinema.

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El bano del Papa

A comedic tale of honesty, friendship and family values based on the true events surrounding the Pope's 1988 visit to a small Uruguayan border town.

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Cándida

A quirky, tragic-comic tale of an un appreciated elderly Madrid housemaid who cares for her insensitive employers and her dysfunctional family.

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¿Quién mató a la llamita blanca?

This Bolivian box office smash is a politically incorrect and darkly comic, iconoclastic road movie and crime caper that boasts indigenous superheroes.

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El viaje de la Nonna

A charming comedy of familial fidelity, and fibs, as the Todoro clan bows to Nonna's wishes for a familial visit to her late husband's Italian…

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IMCINE 25 shorts

A selection of our favourite films produced by IMCINE, the Mexican Film Institute, programmed to celebrate its 25th birthday.

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Año uña

Alively and inventive coming of age tale assembled into a fictional story from the director's own personal photos.

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Mundo grúa

An ex-rocker attempts to turn his life around after losing his job.

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Miss Mary

A young British governess in a wealthy Argentine family witnesses the decline of the upper class and the emergence of the fascist movement.

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Un oso rojo

An engaging mix of crime thriller and family drama. On his release from prison, Oso finds his wife and daughter living with another man. He…

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Un tigre de papel

An investigation into the life and work of legendary Colombian collage artist Pedro Manrique Figuerora from 1934 to his mysterious disappearance in 1981.

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El telón de azúcar

The daughter of Chilean director Patricio Guzmán returns to Cuba where she was raised during the 70s and 80s to see whether her rose-coloured memories…

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Invisibles

A collection of powerful short documentaries that shine a light on heroic, yet largely invisible humanitarian efforts to combat international crises.

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Lucio

The strange but true story of Lucio Urtubia, a Navarra building worker and anarchist who supped with Fidel and nearly caused the downfall of the…

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Parking

A quirky corporate comedy produced in one month by 16 people with no film experience, brought together by Director Roger Gual.

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Bajo Juárez: La ciudad devorando a sus hijas

In Mexico's Ciudad Juárez, hundreds of women have been murdered and their bodies dumped in plain sight. After years, the crimes remain unsolved.

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Cocalero

As the US election machine grinds on, this insider's chronicle of Evo Morales' 2005 campaign for the Bolivian presidency provides a refreshing and fun counterpoint.

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Reflejo Social

A selection of short films from Latin America: as well as the expectations of our society that we both demand and submit to, we must…

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Kimuak Retrospective

A special commemorative programme to celebrate the 10th anniversary of KIMUAK, the short film agency supported by the regional Basque Government and the Basque Film…

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The Official Version

This powerful story of the personal and political effects of Argentina's history under the military dictatorship won many international awards, including the foreign language Oscar.

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El extraño viaje

Family squabbling erupts into violence when one grown sibling overhears the other planning to cash in the family wealth, escape their rural life and flee…

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Mi vida dentro

This heartbreaking documentary reveals the personal tribulations of one 'illegal' Mexican migrant to Texas, a young mother whose encounter with the US justice system left…

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Maneras De Mirar

Sometimes you should stand back and let the story carry you away... This selection of Spanish short films represents a wide variety of stories, told…

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Los que se van

A collection of internationally acclaimed short films, all UK premieres, in memory of the people we have loved, of the sad times that make you…

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AS Study Session: EL BAÑO DEL PAPA (15)

A Spanish Study Session which will discuss family life, young people, religion, jobs and careers and the Spanish speaking world, based around a screening of…

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GCSE Study Session: UNA ESTRELLA Y DOS CAFÉS (12A)

A Spanish study session around UNA ESTRELLA Y DOS CAFÉS that will explore the topics of friends and family life, tourism and travel, the Spanish…

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A2 Study Session: LADRONES (15)

A Spanish Study Session focussing on youth culture, family and relationships, and society and the law, based around a screening of LADRONES.

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One Hour Intro: Spanish Cinema Now

An illustrated overview of ¡Viva! 2008.

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Cafe ‘Els Quatre Gats’ 2008

Catalan language session: discuss ¡Viva! film recommendations, guests, parties and festival gossip in Catalan over a glass of wine.

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Café Cervantes 2008

Chat in Spanish and swap ¡Viva! recommendations over a glass of wine in the Cornerhouse café.

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Los Ladrones viejos: las leyendas del Artegio

A documentary that mixes archive film and recent interviews to reveal a generation of thieves that were widely successful and equally notorious in sixties Mexico.

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The Rise and Rise of Spanish Genre Cinema

Film4 FrightFest's Alan Jones chairs a talk about the success of Spanish horror films with guests from the genre including [REC]'s director, Jaume Balagueró and…

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Presumptes implicats

A Catalan comedy about five thirty-something friends and amateur footballers who wreck a rival's life, conspire to make amends, and wind up fixing their own…

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La luna en botella

An AMELIE-inspired whimsical journey through the existential and absurd, set amongst the eccentric clientele of the Café Rossignol.

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Suddenly

An insecure young woman embarks on a life-changing road trip with a pair of rebellious lesbians.

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Danzón

Fortyish telephone operator María works and looks after her adolescent daughter, but it’s her regular sessions at the dancehall that she lives for...

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Buenos Aires, 1977

A 'perverse thriller' that recounts the true story of four young men 'disappeared' in 1977, under Argentina's military dictatorship

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azuloscurocasinegro

This multiple-Goya-winning dramedy has been compared to Almodóvar for its story of strange relationships forged when a young man is forced to give up his…

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Silent Light

A deeply religious man in a Mennonite community struggles to reconcile his deep religious beliefs with his desires for another woman.

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Bajo las estrellas

Nominated for 7 Goyas, BAJO LAS ESTRELLAS follows the story of a selfish trumpeter (Alberto San Juan) whose return to his rural roots proves to…

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Déficit

Gael García Bernal's directorial début. A spoiled young man organises an hedonistic house party at his parents' but soon begins to lose control of the…

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Chaotic Ana

Julio Medem's feature is a visually entrancing story of the journey of a young painter who discovers her ability to regress to past lives.

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La señal

A moody traditional noir set in 50s Buenos Aires as Eva Peron lays dying.A low-rent private eye is hired for an apparently mundane job that…

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Mataharis

An engaging story of three women private eyes who daily juggle a demanding job with their domestic lives.

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Myway

Family drama/thriller. A small-time drug trafficker trying to leave the 'profession' is obliged to take in his estranged father, who's in the early stages of…

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Pudor

Actor Tristan Ulloa and his brother co-direct an emotionally rich drama about a family quietly coming apart at the seams.

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La soledad

A Goya-winning, formally inventive and quietly devastating family drama

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Las vidas posibles

Set in snowy Patagonia, LA VIDAS POSIBLES explores how hope and desire can create a parallel reality - or not?

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Pactar amb el gat

A young woman recruits her uncle (on whom she has a crush) and her best mate (who has a crush on her) to help search…

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La león

In the watery Parana Delta of Northern Argentina. an isolated gay reed-cutter is the target of the local violent ferryman.

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Hamaca paraguaya

A rare Paraguay-produced feature, this minimalist drama observes an elderly couple as they bicker over the heat, the dog - and the fate of their…

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La Antena

With a nod to Guy Maddin and silent cinema, LA ANTENA is an enchanting, monochrome fable of media manipulation and power.

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Cochochi

Two young indigenous brothers decide to 'borrow' Grandad's precious horse to deliver medicine to a distant relative. When it goes missing their adventures begin...

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The Orphanage

THE ORPHANAGE tells the story of Laura, who returns to her former orphanage with her husband and young son Simón with the intention of re-opening…

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Cronocrimenes

A mind-twisting, time-warping sci-fi thriller. Who is the man in the pink bandages?

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Summer Rain

Antonio Banderas' second film as director is an adaptation of Antonio Soler's novel that depicts coming of age one 70s summer in the director's native…

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Ladrones

A young man tries to go straight but his criminal past proves too seductive for him and the young woman he befriends.

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Cabeza de perro

In this quirky drama, a young man with a strange neurological condition that makes him feel completely detached from the world unexpectedly finds himself in…

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Encarnación

An ageing model-actress whose career apex is long behind her proudly maintains her sense of identity and independence - even when she visits her rural…

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La Zona

Taut social thriller. A poor teen breaks into a wealthy gated estate in Mexico City and soon discovers that privilege equals deadly power.

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Fuerte Apache

Set in a youth rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Barcelona, FUERTE APACHE is a story of second chances, and of keeping hope alive when…

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Lo bueno de llorar

A "reverse BEFORE SUNRISE", the film follows a couple splitting up one night in Barcelona.

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Párpados azules

An award-winning, touching fable of two people battling loneliness in a big city that offers a counterpoint to the traditional romantic comedy.

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DiBa Digital Discussion

Néstor Domènech, director of the DiBa Festival in Barcelona leads a discussion on how digital filmmaking technology is changing methods of production and distribution in…

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