¡Viva! 17th Spanish & Latin American Film Festival

Throughout March we’ll be celebrating all things Spanish and Latin American as ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival returns for its 17th year. This year’s exciting programme of events and screenings, includes Mexican epic Daniel Sánchez Arévalo’s latest feature Arrancame la Vida, smart satire Gordos, and Argentinean coming-of-age tale with a twist El último verano de la Boyita.

Have a look at the full programme in date order here or browse the diverse range of films and events below.

Alternatively you can visit the ¡Viva! website.

Please note all ¡Viva! screening will start at the advertised times without adverts and trailers.


Festival pass

To create your own ¡Viva! festival pass select 8 films (excluding events) from the festival line-up for only £44 full / £32 concs. To book your festival pass, download the PDF booking form here or collect a copy from Box Office and return with your payment.

Please note, your festival pass can only be booked in person or over the telephone. Festival Passes will not be sold during the 30 minutes before any Cornerhouse screening.

Ticket Offer

Watch one film from the Cine en Construcción selection and see another from this selection for free. Book both tickets with our Box Office. (Offer not available with online booking).

Previously in this Festival

Pre-screening Intro & Post-screening discussion/ Escuchando al juez Garzón

The screening on Wed 9 Mar will be introduced by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford.

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¡Fiesta clausura! (Closing Night Party)

Our festival partner Instituto Cervantes are our hosts for the ¡Fiesta clausura!, the party that brings the 17th edition of ¡Viva! to a close.

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Elisa K

Treating an emotional and shocking subject matter with respect and subtlety, Colell and Cadena have created a poetic and beautiful film. The young Elisa’s childhood…

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Desierto adentro

Following the success of La Zona in ¡Viva! 2008, we are pleased to present the wonderfully shot second feature film from Roberto Plá.

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El último verano de la Boyita

This is a coming-of-age story with an unusual angle on gender politics. Set in the open plains of the Argentine Pampas, where Jorgelina spends her…

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Norberto apenas tarde

Shy Norberto seems an unlikely candidate for reinventing his life, but when he starts acting classes to improve his assertiveness in a new field of…

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Los Viajes del viento

Ignacio Carillo has spent most of his life travelling the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to…

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El Asaltante

The action of El Asaltante takes place over a two and a half hour period, just at the crucial moment when a long-prepared plan is…

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Por sus propios ojos

For her college thesis, film student Alicia is making a documentary about women related to prisoners in the local jail. The only problem is no…

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GCSE Study Session/Los Colores de la montaña

Recommended for GCSE and equivalent level Spanish this screening of Los Colores de la montaña includes a post-screening discussion. Please note this study session is…

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Spanish Language Gallery Discussion/Oscar Munoz: Biografias

This gallery discussion will give Spanishspeakers and learners the opportunity to discuss in Spanish the works in Oscar Muñoz: Biografías.

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Gallery Discussion/Oscar Munoz: Biografias

This gallery discussion will give youthe opportunity to explore the works in Oscar Muñoz: Biografías and discuss them within thecontext of contemporary Latin American art.

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One Hour Intro: Contemporary Spanish Cinema

Contemporary Spanish CinemaThis One Hour Intro will provide an illustrated overview of contemporary Spanish cinema, exploring its place in the wider international film industry.

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Spotlight on ¡Viva!

Due to illness, this event is cancelled. We apologise any inconvenience caused. An overview of the 17th edition of ¡Viva!, introducing festival goers to a…

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¡Viva! Opening Gala 2011

Join us to celebrate the opening of ¡Viva! with a screening of epic drama Arráncame la Vida followed by drinks in Cornerhouse's cafe until the…

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Exhibition Preview/Oscar Munoz

Cornerhouse is pleased to invite you to the preview of a solo exhibition by leading Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz, programmed to accompany the 17th edition…

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Pre Screening Intro / Norberto Apenas Tarde

Intro The screening on Mon 21 March will be introduced by James Scorer, Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at The University of Manchester.

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Pre Screening Intro / El último verano de la Boyita

Intro The screening on Tue 22 March will be introduced by James Scorer, Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at The University of Manchester.

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Post Screening Q&A / Under the Bridge

Event We are pleased to welcome artist Guillermo Aranda for a post-screening Q&A session with director Mike Todd.

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Post-Screening Q&A / 80 Egunean

Event We are pleased to welcome co-director Jon Garaño for an introduction and post-screening Q&A on Sat 19 March.

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Pre-Screening Intro / Revolución

Intro The screening on Sat 12 March will be introduced by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford.

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Pre-Screening Intro / Dos Hermanos

Intro The screening on Sun 20 March will be introdiced by Stella Bullo-Alos, Lecturer in Spnish at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Pre-Screening Introduction / Ilusiones ópticas

Intro The screening on Fri 11 March will be introduced by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford.

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Post-Screening Q&A / El Asaltante

Event We are pleased to welcome director Pablo Fendrik for a post-screening Q&A session.

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Adult Study Morning / Arrancame La Vida

Carmen Herro and Ana Valbuena present a Spanish language study session designed for adult learners. Mexican Box Office smash hit Arrancame la vida will be…

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Pre-Screening Intro / Por Sus Propios Ojos

Intro This screening will be introduced by Nuria Triana Toribio, Senior Lecturer in Spanish Cinema at The University of Manchester.

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Café Cervantes 2011

Back by popular demand! Spanish speakers and learners are invited to our popular Café Cervantes event to chat in Spanish and swap iViva! recommendations over…

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Cafè ‘Els Quatre Gats’ 2011

Veniu! Passeu! Que casa és casa vostra... We welcome Catalan speakers and learners of all levels to join us in discussion ¡Viva! films and events…

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Arráncame la vida

Based on the novel by Ángeles Mastretta, Roberto Sneider’s sumptuous period piece is a beguiling tale of politics, corruption, adultery, murder and love.Fri 4 Mar…

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