Update: Due to Madrid residents being advised not to travel due to the coronavirus, sadly Gabriel Velázquez has had to cancel his much anticipated return to Manchester. He wishes to pass on his sincere apologies to the audience and hopes to visit our wonderful city again soon.
After the success of Sud Express way back in ¡Viva! 2006, we are pleased to welcome back director Gabriel Velázquez for a Q&A following the screening on Sun 15 Mar.
This delightful film, a sort of magical realist or mythical documentary set in the rural Salamanca region of north western Spain, follows Eusebio Mayalde, a shaman who howls like a wolf at the full moon. He’s also a folklorist and percussionist who makes music with spoons, pans and even his own hands. Riding across the wintry landscape on his old motorcycle, Eusebio cuts a striking figure; an image that complements his energy, passion and prodigious musical talent. The time has come to transmit his knowledge to Zaniki, his eight-year-old grandson. On a journey of initiation, the two venture into the mountains, to share the most primal rites of their land, and to make Zaniki the new troubadour of tradition.
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