45 Hispanic films at Viva! Festival
by Annika Pham
For ten full days (March 9-19), Manchester will be under the influence of “la movida” and Hispanic film and culture with the 12th Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival at the Cornerhouse Cinema. The only festival of its kind in the UK opens tonight with the gala screening of Fernando Léon de Aranoa’s Princesas, which will be attended by the film’s Goya winning actresses Candela Peña and Micaela Nevárez.
As many as 45 new Spanish and Latin American features, documentaries and shorts will screen at the festival, a dozen of which will be presented by their directors and/or stars such as Taxista Fúl by Catalan director Jo Sol, 20 Centimeters [+see also:
film profile] by Spanish director Ramón Salazar, La sombre del caminante by Colombian director Ciro Guerra, or the Mexican film Rosarios Tijeras by Emilio Maillé. Liverpool based actor/director Alex Cox, who has a cameo in the film, will also hold a Q&A with the Manchester audience, as will Ignacio Duran, the Minister for Cultural Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in London.
The special events dedicated to “la movida”, the music and creative youth culture of post-Franco 80s Spain, will include a discussion with Jose Maria Parreño, director of the Esteban Vincente Museum of Contemporary Art in Segovia, an exhibition called 25 Years of Pop at Radio 3, featuring photographs and memorabilia from Spain’s music scene from the past 25 years, and screenings of three films by Pedro Almodóvar.
Cornerhouse, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual arts and film, which is part of the Europa Cinemas network, will host the entire festival, but a selection of films will also screen in 20 venues across the UK and Ireland between March and June 2006.
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