¡Viva! 2013 #5: Els nens salvatges (The Wild Kids, Spain 2012)

Patricia Ferreira was picked out by Rob Stone (Spanish Cinema, Longman, 2002: 11) as one of “a growing number of talented and committed female directors in Spain”. Since her début feature in 1999 she has completed five more and she came to ¡Viva! to introduce Els nens salvatges and then to answer questions after the film.… Read More ¡Viva! 2013 #5: Els nens salvatges (The Wild Kids, Spain 2012)

¡Viva! 2013 #4: Las largas vacaciones del 36 (Long Holidays of 1936, Spain 1976)

The Cornerhouse programme of ‘Matinee Classics’ continues during the ¡Viva! Festival so that there is a rare chance to see a screening of an earlier Spanish classic film in the usual Sunday/Wednesday afternoon slot. Las largas vacaciones del 36, directed by Jaime Camino, is a familiar reflection on the experience of the Civil War, made more intriguing… Read More ¡Viva! 2013 #4: Las largas vacaciones del 36 (Long Holidays of 1936, Spain 1976)

¡Viva! 2013 #3: La vida empieza hoy (Life Begins Today, Spain 2010)

I can’t help but compare this film to the recent British attempts to directly address the over 60s cinema audience, but Life Begins Today predates them. It’s also, at least for me, funnier and more poignant than The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet or Song For Marion. The narrative is built around several pensioners who attend… Read More ¡Viva! 2013 #3: La vida empieza hoy (Life Begins Today, Spain 2010)

¡Viva! 2013 #1: El mundo es nuestro (The World is Ours, Spain 2012)

A wonderful start to my ¡Viva! festival viewing at Cornerhouse Manchester, this must be the most entertaining film I’ve seen for a while. Just under 90 mins is the perfect length for a comedy. Imagine if you can the 1970s classic, Dog Day Afternoon, re-worked as a kind of Cuban satire with elements of a 1980s… Read More ¡Viva! 2013 #1: El mundo es nuestro (The World is Ours, Spain 2012)