Serious Fun is our theme for ¡Viva! 2019, adding a dash of esperpento to the line up. As a creative style established by Spanish author Valle-Inclán in the 1920s, esperpento has inspired playwrights and filmmakers to use satire, the grotesque and dark humour as a critical tool ever since. This talk will explain the typical techniques and style elements of the genre, and delve into the long list of filmmakers it has inspired, including Luis García Berlanga, Luis Buñuel, Pedro Almodóvar, Álex de la Iglesia, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Lucrecia Martel.

Led by Nuria López de la Oliva and Prof. Andy Willis, University of Salford & HOME’s Visiting Curator: Film.

This talk will be BSL interpreted.

The Serious Fun films screening during ¡Viva! 2019 are Tiempo después, El Día de la bestia, Plácido, Acción mutante and El Verdugo.

  • £4 full / £3 concs