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Now in its 15th year, the Viva Spanish and Latin American Film Festival celebrates the best of the current crop of Spanish language films. This year's selection ranges from Andalucian sci-fi to Cuban Comedy and Catalan documentary.

The festival kicks off at Manchester's Cornerhouse on March 6, with Argentinian film Empty Nest (El Nido Vacio), and for those who want to get a flavour of what to expect there will be a one-hour overview introductory presentation - Spanish Cinema Now - at 6pm on March 2.

Selected highlights from the festival will tour venues across the UK and Ireland including Dartington, Nottingham, Cardiff, Chichester, Clwyd, Edinburgh, Inverness, Northampton, Dublin, Sheffield, Newcastle, Bristol and Derby, for more details visit www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/viva2009.

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The Horn Of Plenty
The Horn Of Plenty
The possibility of a share of an inherited fortune causes ructions in a small Cuban town.
LT22: Radio La Colifata
LT22: Radio La Colifata
Documentary about a radio show produced by patients at a Buenos Aires psychiatric hospital.
Heart Of Time
Heart Of Time
Is love stronger than duty in the heartland of Mexico's rebel community?
Communication breakdown and teenage bullying in a privileged Spanish day school.
The Black Virgin
The Black Virgin
A town's church virgin begins granting favours... but people should be careful what they wish for.
Before The Fall
Before The Fall
A family face a serial killer... and the apocalypse.
Sleep Dealer
Sleep Dealer
Node Runner - if they catch you you're through!
The Appeared
The Appeared
Siblings are terrified by tortured ghosts and a brain dead father's legacy in Argentina.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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