8pm 28th Jan VIVA – Rathanna Hall

Viva

Director: Paddy Breathnach

Cast: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García

FILM INFO:100 minutes, Ireland/Cuba, 2015, 15A

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Trailer

Jesus (Héctor Medina) a shy, delicate, struggling hairdresser finds a genuine opportunity to enrich his life when he is given the chance to perform as a Drag Artist. But when Jesus’ abusive estranged father returns, he forcefully forbids the young man from performing. Jesus must decide to either fulfil his potential or wilt under the dictate of his father. What unfolds is a bittersweet story of pain, regret, and reconciliation, as the two men learn to know and respect each other for the first time.

Featuring boisterous and often heart-breaking drag performance, Paddy Breathnach’s Oscar-shortlisted crowd-pleaser is a tender and compassionate tale of finding one’s true voice.

Festivals:

Telluride Film Festival 2015

Sundance Film Festival 2016

Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016

Sydney Film Festival 2016

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016

 

 

Awards

Best Irish Film, Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016

 

 

Quotes:

“A beautiful, funny drama filmed in Havana that surges with rough humanity.” – Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

 

“…at this film’s heart lies a real sense of tenderness.” – The Guardian

 

“…a genuine crowd-pleaser…” – The Hollywood Reporter

 

★★★★ The Irish Times (Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016 Review)

 

 

Other

Short-listed for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award 2016