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¡Viva! 2017 – Film

31 Mar 2017 - 17 Apr 2017





The film programme features the best in new Spanish and Latin American cinema including multiple UK premieres with works from both new and established directors. Local academics will introduce five of their screenings to enrich the audience experience with their analyses and well – researched insights and post-screening Q&As. In addition the festival presents a series of films from and about the Spanish Transition (La Transición).The five films that represent the retrospective are: El Diputado (Eloy de la Iglesia, 1978); Arrebato (Iván Zuleta, 1979); Siete días de enero (Juan Anoto Bardem, 1979); y Pepi, Luci, Bom, y otras chicas del montón (Pedro Almodóvar, 1980), y El Pico (Eloy de la Iglesia, 1983). Professor Rob Stone (University of Birmingham) will give a public lecture on the move away from the Franco nationalist cinema towards the new plurality, diversity and sentiment of diverse ‘cinemas’ during La Transición.

Other opportunity for a more in-depth investigation is the One Hour Intro, led by Dr Andy Willis from the University of Salford and Dr Carmen Herrero from the Manchester Metropolitan University. This one-hour introduction will provide some useful background context to the exciting explosion of filmmaking in Spain that followed the death of General Franco in 1975. Topics that will be covered include: political filmmaking; the abolition of censorship; women filmmakers; gender and sexuality on screen; politics and popular forms; regional and national identities.

This year festival is also focus on contemporary women filmmakers. As a response to this topic an informal and informative discussion with visiting female filmmakers Nely Reguera, director of María (y los demás), and Mariela Artiles of Candella Films will take place at HOME. The event is open to everyone, from the general public to aspiring filmmakers and film students, and all those interested in the experience of women in film.

Finally, ¡Viva! Film will have a special focus on the flourishing Basque film industry this year, inviting filmmakers and screening short and feature films. A Basque language taster at Insituto Cervantes in Manchester will complement this programme.

Our Sentiments Exactly: Transition in Spain and Spanish Cinema
Sat 1 Apr
Led by Professor Rob Stone, University of Birmingham.

One Hour Intro
Film and Spain’s Transition to Democracy
Wed 5 Apr
Led by Dr Andy Willis from the University of Salford and Dr Carmen Herrero from the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Panel Discusion
Contemporary Female Filmmakers in Spain
Thu 6 Apr
Chaired by Dr Carmen Herrero, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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31 Mar 2017
17 Apr 2017
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