¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2023

Fri 10 Mar – Thu 30 Mar 2023

Fri 10 Mar – Thu 30 Mar 2023

Now in its 29th 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 22 new feature films, including multiple UK cinema premieres, along with filmmaker Q&As, film introductions and other opportunities to get involved. Plus plenty of archive cinema treats – a classic from Juan Antonio Bardem, the UK premiere of 1970s hidden gems by fellow Spaniard Cecilia Bartolomé, and a programme of shorts from a Mexican feminist film collective.

Join us on the opening night for the UK premiere of a joyous coming-of-age comedy from Spain, Llenos de gracia (Full of Grace, Roberto Bueso, 2022), followed by three weeks of engaging drama, fascinating documentary and thrilling tension, as ¡Viva! 2023 serves up slices of life and flights of fancy from all corners of Spain and Latin America.

The full festival programme is now live!  Download your digital copy of HOME’s  ¡Viva! Brochure, featuring Los Reyes del mundo on the front cover.

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Tickets will be on sale for Friends 9 Feb, Members 10 Feb, General 13 Feb

The festival is curated by Rachel Hayward, Head of Film Strategy, Jessie Gibbs, ¡Viva! Festival Coordinator, and Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME’s Senior Visiting Curator: Film. With additional programme support from the Instituto Cervantes, the Leading Women project funded by the AHRC, and the Invisible Women archive activist film collective.

¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival is produced by HOME with the support of the Embassy of Spain in London, MUBI, and the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery

 

 

Events, films and ticketing information coming soon! Check back here in the New Year.

In this festival

UK Premiere/ Llenos de gracia

A rebellious nun arrives at a boarding school to take charge of an unruly bunch of orphan boys, and changes lives with a make-shift football…

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UK Premiere/ Llegaron de noche

From Sat 11 Mar

From Imanol Uribe comes a powerful depiction of the murder of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989.

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UK Premiere/ El Visitante

From Sat 11 Mar

Set in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba, the film is a sombre meditation on class, family relationships, and the increasing power of Evangelism in…

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Cinco lobitos

From Sat 11 Mar

Amaia has just become a mother. Feeling overwhelmed and with her partner away, she seeks refuge with her parents in the hope that they will…

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Intro/ Cinco lobitos

The screening on Sat 11 Mar will be introduced by Dr Carmen Herrero, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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La Voluntaria Q&A

The screening on Sat 11 Mar will be followed by a Q&A with writer-director Nely Reguera.

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La Voluntaria

Sat 11 Mar 17:45 + Q&A, Fri 24 Mar 18:00

Marisa, a recently retired doctor, travels to a Greek refugee camp with a group of Spanish volunteers.

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UK Premiere/ No mires a los ojos

From Sun 12 Mar

Damián, a carpenter with 20 years of service for one company, is driven wild by his sudden dismissal and runs off to hide in the…

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UK Premiere/ Estación catorce

From Sun 12 Mar

A bitter-sweet tale from the fragile world of a little boy discovering the mysteries and complexities of life in rural Mexico.

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Nuestros días más felices

From Sun 12 Mar

One day, Agatha, 74, wakes up in the body of a little girl: as herself, but at the age of eight. A lovely, life-affirming tale…

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Nuestros días más felices Q&A

The screening on Sun 12 Mar will be followed by a Q&A with writer-director Sol Berruezo Pichon-Riviére.

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Carajita

From Mon 13 Mar

Wealthy teenager Sara and her nanny Yarisa have a mother-daughter relationship that seems to transcend their class conditions, until an accident tests their loyalty and…

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Los Reyes del mundo

From Mon 13 Mar

Five street kids from Medellin, kings without kingdom, law or family, looking for The Promised Land.

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UK Premiere/ Women’s Work: Three short films from Cine Mujer

Tue 14 Mar

A programme of three films from the Cine Mujer collective, rarely screened outside Mexico, which tackle gender roles, domestic labour and sex work.

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La Maternal

From Tue 14 Mar

What does it mean to be a mother, or a child? Age 14, Carla is both. A wild child living with a toxic single mother,…

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Intro/ Women’s Work: Three short films from Cine Mujer

This screening will be introduced by Camilla Baier, co-founder of Invisible Women.

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Intro/ La Maternal

The screening on Tue 14 Mar will be introduced by Dr Abi Loxham, University of Liverpool.

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Modelo 77

From Wed 15 Mar

A young accountant facing an excessive 20-year sentence for embezzlment, joins forces with a collective fighting for prisoners’ rights and a post-dictatorship amnesty.

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UK Premiere/ La Casa entre los cactus

From Wed 15 Mar

Adapted from a best-selling novel of the same name, Carlota González-Adrio’s feature debut explores a dark secret that haunts a seemingly perfect family.

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La Casa entre los cactus Q&A

The screening on Wed 15 Mar will be followed by a Q&A with writer- director Carlota González-Adrio.

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UK Premiere/ Libélulas

From Thu 16 Mar

Without jobs or a future, Álex and Cata have forever dreamed of leaving their neighbourhood, as they plan their escape, they enjoy each night as…

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Libélulas Q&A

The screening on Thu 16 Mar will be followed by a Q&A with writer-director Luc Knowles.

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UK Premiere/ Tiempos futuros

From Fri 17 Mar

In a dystopian future version of Lima, 12-year-old Teo and his father work feverishly on a mysterious machine designed to bring rainfall to a city…

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Intro/ Tiempos futuros

The screening on Fri 17 Mar will be introduced by Dr Ignacio Aguiló, University of Manchester.

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UK Premiere/ 8 cuentos sobre mi hipoacusia

From Sat 18 Mar

Charo Mato weaves together stories and questions, using memories, interviews and home video footage to examine her childhood and the experiences of family members.

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UK Premiere/ Escape Room: La Pel.licula

From Sat 18 Mar

Four friends; one escape room; a lot of secrets; and only one way out: the truth.

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Language Lab/ Vasil

Ana Valbuena from the Instituto Cervantes Manchester presents our bespoke study session for adult Spanish language learners and film fans.

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As bestas

From Sun 19 Mar

A French couple have moved to a village in the Galician countryside. There they live a quiet life, until a conflict with their neighbours sees…

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Muerte de un ciclista

From Sun 19 Mar

After the death of a cyclist in a hit-and-run accident, an adulterous couple flee the scene for fear of losing their social standing.

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Intro/ Muerte de un ciclista

This screening will be introduced by Andy Willis, University of Salford.

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UK Premiere/ La Hija de todas las rabias

From Tue 21 Mar

María and her mother eke out a living on the edge of an immense rubbish dump. Their future depends on selling a litter of purebred…

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Tengo sueños eléctricos

From Tue 21 Mar

Clinging onto her father as he goes through a second adolescence, 16-year-old Eva balances between the sensitive naivety of teenage life and the ruthlessness of…

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Post-screening discussion/ Modelo 77

The screening on Thu 23 Mar will be followed by a discussion with Dr Carlos van Tongeren, University of Manchester.

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The Vertical Border

From Sat 25 Mar

Interviews with journalists, aid workers and academics across El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and the USA delve into history and expose the current migration crisis.

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UK Premiere/ ¡Vámonos, Bárbara!

From Sat 25 Mar

To the horror of her family, Ana decides to leave her husband and head off on a road trip to the coast, taking her 12-year-old…

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Café Cervantes 2023

Come and practise your language skills while sharing your opinions on this year’s ¡Viva! programme. We recommend language learners have intermediate level Spanish or above.

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Post-screening discussion/ ¡Vámonos, Bárbara!

This screening will be followed by a discussion with core members of the AHRC-funded research project Leading Women in Portuguese and Spanish Cinema and Television,1970-1980.

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UK Premiere/ Two short films by Cecilia Bartolomé

Sun 26 Mar

While enrolled in Spain’s Official Film School in the 1960s, Cecilia Bartolomé made these short films focused on the challenges women faced under the regressive…

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Intro/ Two short films by Cecilia Bartolomé

This screening will be introduced by Prof. Sally Faulkner, University of Exeter.

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