¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival returns to Cornerhouse for its 20th year from 7 to 23 March, 2014

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¡Viva!, Cornerhouse’s annual, internationally acclaimed Spanish & Latin American Film Festival, will return for the 20th time 7 – 23 March 2014.

¡Viva! is the UK’s largest, most popular Spanish & Latin American Film Festival, and its 2014 programme will celebrate the most outstanding contributions in new cinema from a wide spectrum of Spanish- and Catalanspeaking locations.

As always, ¡Viva!’s 20th anniversary programme will feature everything from comedy to horror and blockbusters to indies; with world premieres and significant previews sitting alongside high-calibre features, short films and documentaries.

It will welcome inspirational leading figures from the Spanish & Latin American film industry, including directors, actors and film experts, to lead talks, Q&As and workshops.

Cornerhouse will draw on its Livewire young people’s programme to make 14-19 year-olds a key part of the 20th anniversary programme. Young people will take part in the film selection meetings, alongside film specialists, Spanish language academics and colleagues from ¡Viva! partner Instituto Cervantes in Manchester, to select films, and input into the festival’s events programme.

¡Viva! 2014 will also continue Cornerhouse’s award-winning language study sessions, with events for Spanish language learners of all levels.

GCSE, AS and A2 students will be treated to film screenings with accompanying in-depth language sessions, led by native Spanish speakers from Manchester Metropolitan University and Instituto Cervantes, and adult learners will be able to practice their language skills by dropping into one of the festival’s Spanish and Catalan events or taking part in a post-screening discussion.

With a 20-year record of audience and critical acclaim, ¡Viva! remains one of Cornerhouse’s most popular events.

Produced by Film Programme Manager Rachel Hayward and Festival Coordinator Jessie Gibbs, the 19th Festival welcomed around 9000 visitors during a three-week period, with a film programme presenting features from countries including Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Peru. Inclusions ranged from comedy, animation, horror and action to documentary and historical drama.

Rachel Hayward said: “We can’t believe that ¡Viva! is 20 years old, and we’re looking forward to a festival that really will be better than ever. We’ve spent months viewing new Spanish and Latin American films to select the very best for ¡Viva! 2014, and are now programming an exciting variety of screenings, events and language sessions.

“The programme will guarantee a range of fascinating experiences, both for ¡Viva! regulars and people discovering the festival for the first time. It will also be the last ¡Viva! to be held at Cornerhouse before we move to our exciting new venue, HOME.”

BFI-awarded National Lottery funds will support ¡Viva! 2014, and as previously the festival will be presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes, Manchester.

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