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Preview: ¡Viva! 18th Spanish and Latin American Film Festival @ Cornerhouse – March 2 to March 25

Preview: ¡Viva! 18th Spanish and Latin American Film Festival @ Cornerhouse – March 2 to March 25

By Dean Wilkins

¡Viva!, the internationally acclaimed Spanish and Latin American Film Festival, will return to Manchester’s Cornerhouse this year for another spectacular three weeks.

Running from March 2 to March 25 2012, it’s the UK’s largest and most popular Spanish language film festival and showcases the newest feature films and documentaries to come out of Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America.

Rachel Hayward, Cornerhouse and ¡Viva! Festival Programme Manager, said: “The festival adds to the tapestry of cultural events taking place in the city.”

Now in its 18th Year, the festival is made up of small indie feature films to big blockbusters, short films to documentaries and Spanish speaking classes for all abilities run throughout.

Cornerhouse will also welcome one of Mexico’s most exciting contemporary artists, Minerva Cuevas, to the festival as Gallery 1 will host her art exhibition that is popular for linking both social and scientific research. The exhibition will also feature numerous nature collages, created from second hand National Geographic magazines, public interventions and her standout film Landings which combines captivating events in human history with those in the future that explore the public’s imagination.

Hayward added: “We seek out the very best Spanish and Latin American films from across a variety of festivals such as San Sebastian, Berlinale and Cannes.”

 

Highlights include:

Pa Negre (2010), Agustí Villaronga’s drama film which investigates a crime during the dark years after the Spanish Civil War in an isolated rural community. Pa Negre won nine awards at last year’s Goya Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

Animated documentary Pequeñas voces (2010), directed by Jairo Carrillo & Oscar Andrade, focuses on the vision of Colombia war by displaced children, using their original drawings and their testimonies.

Spanish comedy will feature strongly during ¡Viva! 2012, with Oscar Aibar’s El Gran Vázquez, Daniel Sánchez Arévalo’s Primos (2010), and Cristián Jiménez’s Bonsái (2011) leading the way.

In 2011, over 8,000 people were welcomed to the Festival and other ¡Viva!-related events during a three week period.

Mancunian Matters will be taking you through our predicted five standout events of the festival soon. You can find further information about the festival and Cornerhouse by visiting their website here.

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