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CINE CUBANO, CIRCLE AWARD

Viva

PADDY BREATHNACH
Ireland, Cuba, 2015
100 minutes, Color
Official website

An Irish film shot in Cuba, in Spanish, this rousing, cross-cultural crowd-pleaser is set in Havana, in what one character aptly calls "the most beautiful slum in the world." In a drag club in the city, impoverished 18-year-old hairdresser Jesus (Héctor Medina) maintains the wigs of the drag performers and dreams of taking the stage himself. His first performance is disrupted by an unruly man in the audience—Jesus' father, an ex-boxer just out of prison, whom he hasn't seen for 15 years. The macho, homophobic father moves in with his effeminate, abandoned son, and thus begins a remarkable father-and-son story. Paddy Breathnach's irresistible movie was the surprise hit of the Telluride Film Festival. He has discovered an extraordinary talent in Héctor Medina, and the father is played by veteran Jorge Perugorría, who starred in the groundbreaking Cuban classic Strawberry and Chocolate more than 20 years ago.—Toronto International Film Festival

In Spanish with English subtitles

CINE CUBANO, CIRCLE AWARD

Viva

PADDY BREATHNACH
Ireland, Cuba, 2015
100 minutes, Color
Official website

An Irish film shot in Cuba, in Spanish, this rousing, cross-cultural crowd-pleaser is set in Havana, in what one character aptly calls "the most beautiful slum in the world." In a drag club in the city, impoverished 18-year-old hairdresser Jesus (Héctor Medina) maintains the wigs of the drag performers and dreams of taking the stage himself. His first performance is disrupted by an unruly man in the audience--Jesus' father, an ex-boxer just out of prison, whom he hasn't seen for 15 years. The macho, homophobic father moves in with his effeminate, abandoned son, and thus begins a remarkable father-and-son story. Paddy Breathnach's irresistible movie was the surprise hit of the Telluride Film Festival. He has discovered an extraordinary talent in Héctor Medina, and the father is played by veteran Jorge Perugorría, who starred in the groundbreaking Cuban classic Strawberry and Chocolate more than 20 years ago.--Toronto International Film Festival

In Spanish with English subtitles


Sunday, April 17
8:00 PM
$13.00
Thursday, April 21
8:45 PM
$13.00