Contemporary Spanish cinema gems screen at Manchester’s Institute Cervantes – all for free

By Danielle Wainwright

Spanish cinema gems will be showcased in all their glory in Manchester this month to give film lovers a taste of Spain’s culture and country – all free of charge.

The Instituto Cervantes in Manchester will be screening some of the most acclaimed contemporary Spanish movies every Thursday from May 16 as part of ‘Contemporáneos’.

Films such as ‘Mientras Duermes’ (Sleep Tight), ‘No Habrá Paz Para los Malvados’ (No Rest for the Wicked), ‘No Tengas Miedo’ (Don’t Be Afraid), ‘Primos’ (Cousinhood) and ‘Arriya’ (The Stone), are just a few of the films on show – many of which will be UK premieres.

Kepa Gonzalez, cultural director of Instituto Cervantes, credits Cornerhouse Manchester and their annual Spanish film festival ‘Viva’, for the idea to put together a similar but smaller event.

He said: “The idea, which came after ‘Viva Film Festival’, was to continue showing films in Spanish and we thought that a selection of contemporary films would be good as they will give a glimpse of what cinema is in Spain.

“Cinema is a very good way to show the identity of a country, the selection we have scheduled ranges from comedy to drama, and the films come from different regions in Spain. There will definitely be a showcase of language, culture and idiosyncrasy, where everybody will find something due to the varied genres and stories.”

Tickets are free to anyone interested in the event, but booking is essential. The institute hopes that with enough support, they can hold a similar event more often.

Mr Gonzalez said: “We surely could be planning something similar for next year, but cinema is a very important cultural event here at Institutio Cervantes, and therefore in our daily programme we always include cinematic events and films.”

Tickets are free however you must book your seat. Call 0161 6614201 to book yours.

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