¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2023 at HOME

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2023 at HOME Manchester, Manchester 10 — 30 March 2023 Tickets from £7.95 — Book now

One of our early highlights for 2023, HOME’s ¡Viva! is returning for its 29th year. The annual celebration of Spanish and Latin American cinema is a Manchester institution and has earned a reputation for spotlighting exciting new films from the Spanish-speaking world and unearthing underappreciated classics, while cultivating an enticing atmosphere of celebration and discovery.

The festival opens on Friday 10 March with the UK Premiere of Spanish coming-of-age comedy Llenos de gracia (Full of Grace) from director Roberto Bueso launching us into three-weeks of during which HOME promise thrilling dramas, intriguing documentaries, slices of life and flights of fancy from all corners of Spain and Latin America.

There are over thirty films in total, with UK Premieres accompanied by retrospective screenings, four filmmaker Q&As, eight expert introductions, a Language Lab screening for adult learners of Spanish, and the Café Cervantes – a free and informal get-together in Spanish.

La Casa entre los cactus

Highlights of the line-up include No mires a los ojos (Staring at Strangers), Félix Viscarret’s darkly comic film adapted from Juan José Millás’ novel and Carlota González-Adrio’s psychological thriller La Casa entre los cactus (The House Among the Cactuses).

Meanwhile, we’re also intrigued by Laura Mora’s Los Reyes del mundo (Kings of the World), which tells the story of five street kids on an epic mission to reclaim land in rural Colombia. We’re also looking forward to Modelo 77 (Prison 77), the latest from Marshlands-director Alberto Rodríguez who brings us a tale of freedom and resistance in post-Franco Barcelona.

As always, there will also be treats from the archive, with two classics from Juan Antonio Bardem on the slate, as well as the UK premiere of 1970s hidden gems by fellow Spaniard Cecilia Bartolomé, and a programme of shorts from Latin American feminist film collectives.

As ever, we highly recommend digging into the line-up yourself, with so many films on offer, there’s bound to be something to whet your appetite.

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The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

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Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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