Blue Eyelids is among the films screening Blue Eyelids is among the films screening

Celebrating the best in Latin American and Spanish film, the 14th Viva Film Festival runs, at the Cornerhouse in Manchester from March 6 to 16, and 20 of the films will also screen at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin from March 20-30 (see, and will then tour the UK. Click here for a full list of venues and dates.

This year again features a fantastic line up of fiction and documentary films, including Sundance Special Jury Prize winner Blue Eyelids, pictured right. As well as featuring the best new Spanish language films, the programme includes retrospectives, this year including a tribute to director Fernando Fernan Gomez, who died last November, and a retrospective of films produced by Lita Stantic.

There will also be a series of Spanish-themed events, plus guests including Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and actors Ines Efron and Martin Piroyanski (XXY)

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Under The Stars
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A self-centered trumpeter finds redemption in an unexpected place.
An emotionally disconnected teenager finds himself forming relationships after becoming stranded in Madrid.
Chaotic Ana
Chaotic Ana
An artist who joins a commune tries to uncover her past lives to end a cycle of violence.
Blue Eyelids
Blue Eyelids
A pair of lonely people come together in offbeat romance.
The Zone
The Zone
Residents of an affluent Mexican city enclave seek vigilante justice.
La Antena
La Antena
Dystopian fairytale about a 'city without a voice'.
The Cat Pact
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Moggy hunting and romance on the rooftops of Barcelona.
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