Manchester’s ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival is back for its 22nd edition. Last year the festival was affected by the move from Cornerhouse to HOME and operated as three ‘Weekenders’ at different times of the year. This year, settled in its new home, ¡Viva! returns as a festival running across 17 days from April 7 to April 24. Download a calendar to see the spread of screenings and events. The big change this year is that six theatre shows are programmed in the festival, including work from Cuba and Catalunya. There are 21 films in the season from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela and three visual arts events as well as a range of intros, talks, discussions and Q&As to accompany the films. Most films are screening twice.
We’ve always been big fans of ¡Viva! and have returned year after year, so we are excited to visit again in the next few weeks. (See what we made of previous festivals using this ¡Viva! tag.) ¡Viva! is unique in the UK and this year there will be four UK premieres as well as three previews of films that will eventually get UK releases. The selection includes four titles featuring the Argentinian star Ricardo Darin and it’s particularly pleasing to see two films listed from the less well-known film territories of Peru and Guatemala. Q&As are always a feature of ¡Viva! and many of them have been highly enjoyable as well as very informative, so do try and catch one.
We hope to see several of the films in ¡Viva! 22 and to report back.