Viva Gordos

¡Viva! will run at the Cornerhouse from 5-27 March 2011.

Now in its 17thyear, ¡Viva! is always a rewarding experience but it can be a tricky business planning what to see.  One thing I learned from seeing most of the films at last year’s festival is that there were many hidden gems and unheralded treasures, this among a very diverse line-up.  The film I loved best was a Peruvian film, Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow, and this was wholly unexpected.

It will be clear, therefore, why I am a little reluctant to decide on a set of highlights or must-sees.  However, here, a week or so before the festival gets underway, are five films that I am especially looking forward to:

  • Los Pecados de mi padre: In this documentary a son looks at his father, one Pablo Escobar, drug emperor.
  • Gordos: Five people will do anything to lose weight…
  • Under the Bridge: A documentary examining Mexican-American identity.
  • Desierto adentro: There is a tale of betrayal, violence, guilt and redemption in Roberto Plá’s film, set at the time of the Mexican Revolution.
  • Revolución: Continuing the Mexican Revolution theme, a collection of 10 short films, each made as a response to the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

There is no doubt, mind, that the best policy is to see as many films as you possibly can.  Or all of them ideally, just to be on the safe side.

Details of all films and related events can be found on the ¡Viva! website.  Click here.