The third and final part of the annual ¡Viva! Festival at HOME in Manchester starts today and runs until Monday 9th November. It features five new Spanish features plus a range of events with talks, intros and Q&As.
The annual Spanish and Latin American Film Festival has been split in three this year because of the move from Cornerhouse to HOME. The weekend begins on Thursday 5 November with Felices 140, a new Spanish film about the eternal question “Can money buy you happiness?” This film shows again on Monday 9th November.
Requisitos para ser una persona normal (Requirements to Be a Normal Person, Spain 2015) plays on Friday and Saturday. Also on Friday and Saturday is Pos Eso (Possessed, Spain 2014) an animation by SAM who is described as a veteran of Aardman Animations. This gets a 1 hour intro from Steve Henderson, Editor of Skwigly Magazine, on Saturday afternoon. Saturday also sees a talk and a Q&A associated with the Basque film Lasa eta Zabala (Spain 2014).
It’s a busy period and so we can only attend one day and we aim to report on Sunday’s screenings of Lasa eta Zabala and Tots volem el millor per a ella (We All Want What’s Best For Her) (Spain 2013).
There are Catalan and Castillian language cafés on Sunday and Monday and a Spanish language film study day on Tuesday. Download the ¡Viva! Weekender brochure for more details.
There are few Spanish and Latin American films getting a UK release these days so this is an essential festival. We support ¡Viva! whenever possible.