¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival 2022

Now in its 28th year, ¡Viva! returns for our annual celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture, bringing you a programme of the most exciting cinema from across the Spanish-speaking world. This year we screen 19 new feature films, including multiple UK cinema premieres, as well as two classic films from Spanish maestro Luis García Berlanga.

Join us on the opening night for the joyous musical extravaganza Explota explota, and then continue your cinematic journey through heartfelt drama, intriguing documentary, thrilling tension and gentle comic relief on a voyage of discovery across Spain and Latin America.

Tickets will be on general sale from Mon 21 Feb, with priority booking available for HOME Friends and HOME Members.

Onsale dates
HOME Friends – Fri 18 Feb, 12pm
HOME Members – Sat 19 Feb, 12pm
General public – Mon 21 Feb, 12pm

In this festival

¡Viva! Sustainability Highlights

For our ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival, here are three titles which look at sustainability and the environment.

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¡Viva! Film Notes – El Árbol negro

Dr Ignacio Aguiló Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Latin American Cultural Studies at The University of Manchester, explores Máximo Ciambella and Damián Coluccio’s El Árbol negro…

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¡Viva! Film Notes – La Chica nueva

Jessie Gibbs, ¡Viva! Festival Coordinator, explores Micaela Gonzalo’s La Chica nueva, screening as part of ¡Viva! Festival 2022. 

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Érase una vez en Euskadi review, by Michele Pezzuto

Michele Pezzuto reviews Érase una vez en Euskadi for HOME, screening as part of the ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2022

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Bantú Mama review, by Billy Currid

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¡Viva! Film Notes – Josefina

Dr Abigail Loxham, University of Liverpool, explores Javier Marco’s Josefina, screening as part of ¡Viva! Festival 2022.

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Welcome to ¡Viva! 2022

With 50 screenings of 21 films from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Mexico, we can’t wait to welcome you…

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Out of the Archives: Berlanga in the ‘80s

In ¡Viva! 2022 we screen two key examples of the director’s films from the 1980s: La Vaquilla and Patrimonio nacional.

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Bantú Mama recorded intro

Recorded introduction from Anthony Andrews, Creative Director of We Are Parable, on Sat 26 Mar.

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La Chica nueva introduction

Introduced by Jessie Gibbs, ¡Viva! Festival Coordinator, on Sun 3 Apr 2022.

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Preview/ Clara Sola introduction

Introduced by Dr Carmen Herrero, Manchester Metropolitan University, on Tue 22 Mar 2022.

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Josefina + introduction

Introduced by Dr Abigail Loxham, University of Liverpool, with BSL interpretation, on Mon 21 Mar.

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Explota explota + Q&A

We are pleased to welcome writer/director Nacho Álvarez for a Q&A on Sat 19 Mar.

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Maixabel + Q&A

We are pleased to welcome writer/director Icíar Bollaín for a Q&A on Wed 23 Mar.

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Érase una vez en Euskadi + Q&A

We are pleased to welcome writer/director Manu Gómez for a Q&A on Tue 29 Mar.

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Libertad + Q&A

We are pleased to welcome actor Maria Morera for a Q&A on Thu 31 Mar.

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Karnawal introduction

Introduced by Prof Andy Willis, University of Salford and HOME’s Senior Visiting Curator: Film, on The 24 Mar.

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La Primavera siempre vuelve

Grandma Margara watches her grandchildren grow up and leave home. People may return, or not. But spring will always come back.

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Los Conspiradores

During the clandestine political struggle to overthrow the Franco regime, the most important thing was to know how to wait.

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Salvaje

Maite is a rancher of the last breed of wild cow in the Basque Country, the Betizú.

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Un Amor en rebeldía

At the end of the 70s, Yan María Castro became one of the founders of the first lesbian organization in Mexico.

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Y así aparecieron los ríos

Sat 19 Mar, Sun 27 Mar, Wed 6 Apr

This animation takes viewers into the magical and beautiful world of the Amazon region, reminding us of our sacred connection to water.

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La Vaquilla introduction

Introduced by Prof Andy Willis, University of Salford and HOME’s Senior Visiting Curator: Film, on Sun 3 Apr.

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Previously in this Festival

Clara Sola

Clara, a shy woman brought up as a holy innocent, experiences a late sexual awakening with sensuous abandon that shatters all previous constraints.

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UK Premiere/ El Árbol rojo

Eliécer and his little sister embark on a spectacular but dangerous 850km journey from the Caribbean coast through the lush mountains up to Bogotá.

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Bantú Mama

A French woman escapes custody in the Dominican Republic and finds shelter in the most dangerous district of Santo Domingo.

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Explota explota

To the soundtrack of superstar Raffaella Carrà, a young dancer brings riotous colour to the grey Spain of the 1970s.

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La Vida era eso

María, a Spanish émigré living in Belgium, relishes a later life blossoming on a road trip to Cabo de Gata, Almería.

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Mis hermanos sueñan despiertos

Ángel and his younger brother Franco are languishing in a juvenile prison deep in the hills of southern Chile, incarcerated for a year awaiting trial.

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UK Premiere/ Érase una vez en Euskadi

The Basque Country, 1985, and the summer holidays are finally here for four 12-year-old boys.

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Nudo mixteco

In a Mixtec village in the Oaxaca region of Mexico, we follow the intertwining stories of three indigenous women from a traditionally macho community.

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UK Premiere/ La Estrella roja

In Lichtmann’s own words, this is a “a spy movie, a fiction about a documentary, a story built with elements from History with a capital…

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Maixabel

Basque drama based on real events. A powerful tale of repentance and reconciliation, with a hopeful message that national and personal trauma can heal.

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UK Premiere/ La Ciudad de las fieras

When a teenager runs into trouble with local gang members, he escapes Medellín and heads for his grandfather's gladioli farm in the mountains.

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Libertad

The worlds of two very different teenage girls collide when Libertad flies over from Colombia to join her mother, a live-in housekeeper for a well-to-do…

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UK Premiere/ Nueve Sevillas

An absorbingly immersive and thoroughly enjoyable documentary about flamenco, politics, identity and Seville.

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La Chica nueva

A young woman fleeing homelessness and a precarious existence in the big city, makes her way down to the island of Tierra del Fuego.

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Patrimonio nacional

After the death of Franco and the restoration of the monarchy, the Marqués de Leguineche returns to Madrid to curry favour with the King.

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Amparo

Colombia, 1998. Amparo embarks on a race against time to free her son from the army draft in a society ruled by corruption.

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UK Premiere/ Contactado

Dive into the weird and wonderful world of cults, alien conspiracy theories and Andean legends that all swirl around the city of Lima.

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¡Viva! 2022 Café Cervantes

Grab a drink from the bar for this informal gathering of Spanish-speaking film lovers. Come and practise your language skills while sharing your opinions on…

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La Roya

In the lush, forested hills of a remote coffee plantation, Jorge is the last young man to work the land.

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Language Lab/ La Vida era eso

Following an introduction in Spanish to a screening of La Vida era eso with English subtitles, practise your Spanish language skills with a specially designed…

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UK Premiere/ Josefina

The tentative relationship that develops between Juan and Berta is founded on an initial untruth, but is it just the tonic that these two lonely…

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Karnawal

A vibrant coming-of-age story set during Carnival, in the atmospheric borderlands of Argentina and Bolivia.

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