¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival celebrates 20th year

This year’s ¡Viva! festival in Manchester kicks off with a thirtysomethings buddy movie with a hit-packed, swinging 60s soundtrack.


Días de vinilo (2012)

Días de vinilo (2012)

The ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival settles into Manchester’s Cornerhouse cinema for its 20th year this week. Opening with the UK premiere of Gabriel Nesci’s debut feature Días de vinilo (Days of Vinyl), a bittersweet comedy about four record-collecting friends hitting their 30s, the festival takes in a selection of the best new films from Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin American – including movies from Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba, Peru and Mexico.

Other highlights include the Catalan comedy Menú degustació; Con la pata quebrada, a documentary charting the history of women in Spanish film; and El fantástico mundo de Juan Orol – which does for Mexican B-movie king Juan Orol what Tim Burton did for Ed Wood. There’s also a rare chance to catch a screening of Los golfos (1960), the first film by Cría cuervos (1976) director Carlos Saura.

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