¡Viva! 16th Spanish & Latin American Film Festival

¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival returns to Cornerhouse for the 16th year, bringing the best in Spanish language cinema to Manchester. This edition of our most flamboyant festival takes place throughout March, running from Sat 6 – Sat 27 March. Our extended dates mean there are more opportunities to catch the latest Spanish and Latin American comedies, thrillers, dramas and much more. With talks, events and masterclasses led by guests and filmmakers, the festival is a must for Spanish speakers, Film Studies students, students of Spanish, and anyone who is interested in cinema, travel, or Spanish and Latin American culture.

If you like the films you see, why not submit a review on the ¡Viva! website

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Please note all festival screenings do not feature adverts and trailers. Film screenings will start at their advertised times.

Previously in this Festival

Segundo de Chomón Silent shorts (PG) + live musical accompaniment

We are pleased to present a selection of mesmerising shorts from Segundo de Chomón, a master of European silent cinema with new musical accompaniment from…

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Daniel and Ana

Siblings Daniel and Ana are at pivotal moments in their lives. Ana is about to be married and Daniel is a gregarious teenager discovering his…

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El viaje de Teo

Eight-year-old Teo finds companionship and support from a teenager, Chuy, whose inside information into the illegal immigration racket could be the answer to Teo’s problems.

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Little Indi

Seventeen-year-old Arnau is an introverted teenager living on the outskirts of Barcelona. His mother is in prison and Arnau dreams of making enough money to…

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La Ventana

Antonio, an eighty-year-old Patagonian writer coming to the end of his life, makes preparations for his son’s final visit. A beautifully meditative piece of filmmaking…

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La vergüenza

An affecting family drama that centres around Manu, a young boy with severe behavioural problems whose foster parents are wrestling with the choice of adopting…

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Plan B/ Preview Screening

Bruno is dumped by his girlfriend and, desperate to win her back, he concocts an elaborate plan. Her happiness with new boyfriend Pablo is merely…

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La teta asustada/ Preview Screening

Fausta is a beautiful, introverted young Peruvian who suffers from “the milk of sorrow”, a mysterious illness affecting women abused during Peru’s war of terrorism.…

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Gigante/ Preview Screening

Jara is a lonely supermarket security guard. One night Jara observes Julia, a cleaner, through the CCTV cameras and becomes attracted to her. A wonderful…

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La Buena Nueva

Based on a true story, La buena nueva is an emotional period drama tale of love and faith during in the Spanish Civil War.

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El Paraíso Travel

Feisty teenager Reina will do anything to make it to the United States; her boyfriend Marlon will do anything for Reina. The pair run away…

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Parque Vía

Beto is the caretaker of an empty house in Mexico City. After ten years of solitude, Beto has become accustomed to the stability of his…

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Retorno a Hansala

Seventeen bodies wash up along the shore of the Spanish port Algerciras. When funeral director Martin is called to the scene he finds a note…

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Los Años Desnudos: Clasificada ‘S’

Lina, Sandra and Eva are thirty-something actresses in search of success. Their paths cross as they begin working on Classified ‘S’ sex films.

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Amorosa Soledad

An artistic young hypochondriac whose split from her boyfriend sends her into a spin. A chance encounter in a café provides opportunity for her to…

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A2 Study Session/ Retorno a Hansala

Recommended for A2 and equivalent level Spanish this screening of Retorno a Hansala includes a post-screening discussion. Please note this study session is open to…

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Solo Quiero Caminar

A vibrant revenge thriller about Aurora, a woman serving time in prison for a robbery that went awry. Her three female accomplices are free but…

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Cortos/ Almería International Short Film Festival

A specially curated programme of short dramas from the Almería International Short Film Festival, featuring work by some of Spain’s most talented new filmmakers.

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La mitad del cielo

A tale of female passion and determiniation in a male dominated world.

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The Short Films of Luis Arambilet

Luis Arambilet, an artist filmmaker from Dominican Republic, will present a selection of his captivating short films in this special event.

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Spanish INSET/ Multicultural Society in Spanish Cinema

Designed to provide teachers with the necessary tools to explore multiculturalism through film. Examining themes including immigration and racism. Recommended for teachers of GCSE, AS…

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One Hour Intro/ Spanish Cinema Now

Rachel Hayward, Cornerhouse Programme Manager, presents an overview of this year’s ¡Viva! Film Festival

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One Hour Intro/ Hispanic Crime Thrillers

Carmen Herrero explores representations of crime in recent Spanish and Latin American films. Considering issues such as law, order and punishment.

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Adult Study Session/ La vergüenza

This study morning presents a screening of La vergüenza, plus an extended introduction and post-screening discussion in Spanish.

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AS Study Session/ Amorosa Soledad

This AS Spanish Study Session includes a screening of Amorosa Soledad and post-screening discussion. Please note this study session is open to students aged 14-19,…

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Cafè ‘Els Quatre Gats’ 2010

We welcome Catalan speakers and learners of all levels to join us in discussing ¡Viva! films, guests, parties and festival gossip over a glass of…

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Intro and Director Q&A/ La mitad del cielo

DIRECTOR INTRO CANCELLED - SCREENING TO GO AHEAD.Director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón presents an introduction of his classic of 1980s Spanish cinema La mitad del cielo…

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GCSE Study Session/ El viaje de Teo

This screening of El viaje de Teo includes post-screening discussion. Recommended for GCSE and equivalent level Spanish. Please note this study session is open to…

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Mal día para pescar

The former strongest man on earth and his wily manager tour small towns staging wrestling matches to beat local champs. When they arrive in Santa…

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