Cornerhouse is pleased to announce ¡Viva!, its annual, internationally acclaimed Spanish & Latin American Film Festival. Celebrating the most outstanding contributions in new cinema from a wide range of countries, the 2013 Festival programme will showcase significant world premieres and previews alongside high calibre feature films, short films and documentaries. ¡Viva! will also welcome inspirational leading figures from the Spanish & Latin American film industry including directors, actors and other film experts to lead talks, Q&A sessions and workshops. To coincide with the Festival, Cornerhouse will display the first UK public solo exhibition by Mexican video artist Yoshua Okón (9 March – 1 April).

Now in its 19th year and presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, the Festival’s diverse selection ranges from comedy to civil war and horror. The 2013 Festival programme is the most ambitious to date, featuring an extensive range of Spanish and Catalan language films including big blockbusters, small independent feature films and documentaries.

¡Viva! remains one of Cornerhouse’s most popular events. Produced by Film Programme Manager Rachel Hayward and Festival Coordinator Jessie Gibbs, the 18th Festival edition received over 8,000 visitors during a three-week period, with a film programme presenting features from a diverse array of Spanish speaking countries including Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Peru covering comedy, animation, documentary, horror, action and historical drama. Rachel Hayward added: “We’re already looking forward to our annual celebration of Spanish and Latin American film culture, and following the hugely successful 2012 edition of the Festival, we’re excited to be showcasing some exceptional films. After months of film viewing to select the very best in new Spanish and Latin American filmmaking, the ¡Viva! team have programmed an exciting variety of films, events and language sessions that promise some fascinating experiences for ¡Viva!  regulars and people discovering the festival for the first time.”

¡Viva! 2013 will also continue Cornerhouse’s award-winning language study sessions with a series of events for Spanish language learners of all levels.  GCSE, AS and A2 students will be treated to a wide range of festival film screenings with accompanying in-depth language sessions led by native Spanish speakers from MMU and Festival Partner Instituto Cervantes. Adult learners can practice their language skills by dropping into one of the festival’s Spanish and Catalan events, taking part in a post-screening discussion or taking part in the specially programmed adult study morning.

In conjunction with ¡Viva! Film Festival, Cornerhouse is delighted to announce the first UK public solo exhibition by commended Mexican artist Yoshua Okón. Okón’s practice blends staged situations, documentation and improvisation whilst questioning habitual perceptions of reality and truth, selfhood and morality.

Full details of the 2013 ¡Viva! Festival film programme will be announced in December 2012.

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