HOME has announced the full programme for ¡Viva! Festival 2019, the 25th edition of the UK’s largest and most popular celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture, which opens at the Manchester venue on Friday 22 March 2019 with the UK premiere of José Luis Cuerda‘s acclaimed sci-fi comedy, Tiempo después (Some Time After).
Five directors in total will attend the festival, including three Spanish filmmakers making their directorial debuts: Koldo Almandoz‘s Basque drama, Oreina; Sergi Portabella‘s witty, coming-of-age tale, Jean-François i el sentit de la vida(Jean-François and the Meaning of Life); and Andrea Jaurrieta‘s comedy thriller, Ana de día (Ana by Day), a thrilling journey into the life of a woman with a mysterious doppelgänger.
Nineteen of the films will feature female creative talent in the roles of director, writer, producer or star, reflecting HOME’s ongoing, year-long Celebration of Women in Global Cinema. Highlights include: Icíar Bollaín’s Yuli, the rags-to-riches story of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta; Alejandra Márquez Abella’s Las Niñas bien (The Good Girls), a biting social satire set amongst Mexico’s country club elite during the 1982 debt crisis; and Colombian drug epic, Pájaros de Verano (Birds of Passage), co-directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra.
Female talent will also headline the ¡Viva! Tour which returns in 2019 after a 10-year hiatus and sees a curated selection of seven films from the main festival screening at venues across the UK with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.
Further anticipated titles include a trio of new films from Argentina: Benjamín Naishtat’s stylish thriller Rojo; Luis Ortega’s Scorsese-flavoured crime drama El Ángel (The Angel), based on the true story of the longest serving prisoner in Argentine history; and Animal, the directorial debut from the Oscar-winning Birdman screenwriter, Armando Bo.
In addition to championing Spanish and Latin-American filmmakers working today, ¡Viva! will host a Bigas Luna Tribute, curated by Prof. Santiago Fouz Hernández, University of Durham, and Betty Bigas, multidisciplinary artist and daughter of Bigas Luna, and featuring screenings of the legendary Spanish auteur’s Iberian trilogy.
Further special events taking place across the festival include the return of the popular Café Cervantes, an informal gathering of Spanish-speaking film lovers, and the Language Lab, a bespoke study session for adult Spanish language learners and film fans.
The 25th edition runs Friday 22 March to Saturday 13 April 2019
¡Viva!2019 is supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network
All films will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted. Films start at the advertised time without adverts or trailers
For more information on the full programme, and to book tickets, please visit: www.homemcr.org