The 30th anniversary of ¡Viva! Festival opens in just a few weeks at HOME Manchester, celebrating Spanish and Latin American cinema.

The festival will be made up of 27 features and 10 short films from comedy to drama and documentaries.  The 30th anniversary event will also feature pieces from the archive including works from Victor Erice and Juan Antonio Bardem, Argentine feminist Maria Luisa Bemberg and Alex de la Iglesia.  16 of the screenings are UK premieres.

¡Viva! 2024 is produced by HOME with the support of the Embassy of Spain in London, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

¡Viva! Festival 2024 will open on 5 April with Secaderos.  Set in the tobacco plantations of rural Granada this coming of age story, directed by Rocío Mesa, parallels the lives of two girls; one who yearns to escape and move to the city, the other who is visiting and is drawn to the beauty of the countryside. After the screening the evening will continue with music from DJ Atalaya in HOME’s bar.

The range of screenings at ¡Viva! Festival 2024 include comedy through to the surreal to historical drama, shorts, Gothic sci-fi and even comedy-horror (Alex se la Iglesia’s 1995 class El Dia de la bestia which will be screened at CULTPLEX (at Grum, Red Bank Project).

As well as screenings, ¡Viva! Festival 2024 will also feature events as varied as a flamenco performance in the bar to language lessons.

When does ¡Viva! 2024 run at HOME Manchester?

¡Viva! Festival 2024 runs at HOME Manchester from 5th – 25th April 2024.

The full programme for ¡Viva! Festival 2024 is available at the HOME Manchester website