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¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019

For its 25th edition, ¡Viva! returns for our annual celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture. We’ll bring you a specially selected programme of the most exciting film and theatre from across the Spanish-speaking world, plus all the usual top-notch Q&As, talks and workshops. The world-class work of female creatives working in film will receive special attention, in the roles of director, writer, producer and star.

¡Viva! 2019 will be infused with some serious fun, following the Spanish and Latin American cultural tradition of esperpento, which uses satire, the grotesque and dark humour to skewer the foibles of contemporary society. As a creative style established by Spanish author Valle-Inclán in the 1920s, esperpento has inspired playwrights and filmmakers from the master of parody and ambiguity Luis García Berlanga, to the internationally acclaimed Pedro Almodóvar, and ¡Viva!’s favourite ‘enfant terrible’ Álex de la Iglesia. We look forward to enjoying some esperpento entertainment on the big screen with you!

We are also delighted to present the Bigas Luna Tribute, in collaboration with Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández from the University of Durham, featuring three films from the late Spanish provocateur, who relished pushing boundaries with his explorations of passion – from the culinary to the erotic – and his parodies of Spanish culture and identity.  More details of the films and accompanying events coming soon.

Look out for the full programme announcement in early 2019.

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