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Friday 16 March 2018



15 | Romania | 2016 | Romanian
Crime, Drama
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Included in Main Season
Winner of the best director award at Cannes, this complex family drama is a masterful exploration of corruption, bureaucracy and moral dilemmas.

Friday 2 March 2018


The Olive Tree

15 | Spain | 2016 | Spanish, German, English, French
Comedy, Drama
Director: Icíar Bollaín (as Iciar Bollain)
Included in Main Season
Alma decides to help her grandfather by engaging in an epic quest to retrieve the family olive tree from Germany. Part road-movie, part quest for family roots, this is a moving European drama.

Friday 16 February 2018


The Salesman

12 | Iran | 2016 | Persian, English
Drama, Thriller
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Included in Main Season
Winner of the best foreign film Oscar, this is another gripping drama from Ashgar Farhadi (A Separation, About Elly) telling of a case of mistaken identity causing family tensions.

Friday 2 February 2018


The Clan

15 | Argentina | 2015 | Spanish
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Pablo Trapero
Included in Main Season
In a Buenos Aires suburb a seemingly normal family runs a kidnap, extortion and murder business. An astonishing, true-life story from the 1980s and a truly shocking thriller.

Friday 19 January 2018


The Other Side Of Hope

12 | Finland | 2016 | Finnish, English, Arabic, Swedish
Comedy, Drama
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Included in Main Season
When a young, Syrian asylum seeker emerges from a coal pile in Helsinki, a very distinctive immigration drama gets underway. A gorgeous, poignant comedy.

Friday 5 January 2018



15 | Spain | 2016 | Spanish
Drama, Romance
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Included in Main Season
A chance encounter causes Julieta to search for her long-estranged daughter Anita. Almodovar's latest film mixes drama melodrama and a homage to Alfred Hitchcock in a unique blend.

Wednesday 20 December 2017


Broadway Danny Rose

PG | USA | 1984 | English, Italian, Yiddish
Director: Woody Allen
Included in Main Season
Our Christmas film is one of Woody Allen's most affectionate, enduring tales. Matching him with Mia Farrow and a wonderful supporting cast, this is a delightful comedy.

Friday 1 December 2017



15 | Canada | 2011 | French, Arabic, English
Drama, Mystery, War
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Included in Main Season
A brother and sister travelling back to Lebanon to uncover their family history discover considerably more than they expect. A roller-coaster of a thriller with a remarkable conclusion.

Friday 10 November 2017


The Third Man

PG | UK | 1949 | English, German, Russian
Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Carol Reed
Included in Main Season
Orson Welles is Harry Lime in Graham Greene's unforgettable tale of guilt, corruption and betrayal in postwar Vienna - one of the greatest of all British films!

Friday 3 November 2017



15 | Egypt | 2016 | Arabic
Drama, Thriller
Director: Mohamed Diab
Included in Main Season
A stunning thriller set inside a police van during Egypt's 2013 street protests. With spectacular riots outside and remarkable alliances being forged inside, this is a gripping take on the "Arab Spring".

Friday 20 October 2017


The Unknown Girl

15 | Belgium | 2016 | French
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Included in Main Season
When a young doctor receives an unexpected late night call at her practice, she quickly becomes absorbed in a compelling investigation with an unexpected outcome.

Saturday 7 October 2017


Embrace Of The Serpent

12 | Colombia | 2015 | Spanish, Portuguese, Aboriginal, German, Catalan, Latin, English
Adventure, Drama
Director: Ciro Guerra
Included in Main Season
The story of the relationship between Karamakate an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

A unique cinematic experience. -

Friday 22 September 2017


Toni Erdmann

15 | Germany | 2016 | German, English, Romanian
Comedy, Drama
Director: Maren Ade
Included in Main Season
Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit weird wig and fake teeth Toni barges into Ines' work circle claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni Winfried doesn't hold back and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push the closer they become. In all the madness Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life.

An outrageous German comedy! -

Friday 14 July 2017


Things to Come

12 | France, Germany | 2016 | French, English, German
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life

Friday 30 June 2017


Fire at Sea

12A | Italy, France | 2016 | Italian, English
Director: Gianfranco Rosi

A remarkable, poignant documentary about the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it.

Friday 23 June 2017


Sweet Bean

PG | Japan, France, Germany | 2015 | Japanese
Director: Naomi Kawase

A pancake seller's business takes off when he hires an eccentric, elderly helper. A gentle, touching film about food and relationships across three generations.

Friday 16 June 2017


Safe Passage

15 | Argentina, Spain | 2015 | Spanish
Drama, Romance, Thriller
Director: Diego Corsini

A tense political thriller based on real events in 1970s Argentina. Mario's dementia transports him back to his days as an idealistic revolutionary making the deadly transition from peaceful protest and political radicalism to clandestine armed struggle. He also remembers the personal sacrifices that inevitably followed...

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival is presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery, AC/E, and the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Spain in the UK -

Friday 2 June 2017



12 | Chile, Argentina | 2016 | Spanish
Director: Pepa San Martín

Two sisters live happily with their mother and her female partner. As Sara approaches 13 she is suffering from typical teenage angst - her first crush, playground politics, a wish for independence, and a love-hate relationship with her younger sister. A joy to watch.

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival is presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery, AC/E, and the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Spain in the UK -

Friday 19 May 2017


When Pigs Have Wings

12 | France, Germany, Belgium | 2011 | English, Arabic, Hebrew
Director: Sylvain Estibal

When a Palestinian fisherman, finds a live 100-pound pig in his nets, he knows there's trouble in store... a highly entertaining political parable with satirical bite!