Viva

Showings

The Main 3 Thu, Mar 21 7:00 PM
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Film Info
Accessibility:HI
Captions:SUB
Program:Cuban Film Festival
Release Year:2015
Runtime:100 min
Country/Region:Cuba
Ireland
Language:Spanish
Print Source:Magnolia Pictures
Irish Film Board
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S097UTL057I
Tags:Drama
Culture & Society
LGBTQ+
Latino/Hispanic/Iberian
Cast/Crew
Director:Paddy Breathnach
Producer:Cathleen Dore
Nelso Navarro
Navarro
Robert Walpole
Rebecca O'Flannagan
Cinematographer:Cathal Watters
Screenwriter:Mark O'Halloran
Editor:Stephen O'Connell
Composer:Stephen Rennicks
Principal Cast:Jorge Perugorria
Luis Alberto Garcia
Hector Medina

Description

About the film

This is an Irish movie set in Havana, where it was filmed with a keen eye to that city’s dinginess in tropical light. Its hero, Jesus (Héctor Medina), is a gay hairdresser who dreams of becoming a drag entertainer at the nightclub where he coifs the noisy, squabbling divas. Jesus, whose mother is dead and whose father abandoned him, lives in a slum, and is watched over by the club’s tough but caring star, an aging drag queen known as Mama. Complicating Jesus’s precarious existence is the sudden reappearance of his father, Angel, a former boxer released from prison who likes his rum and is rumored to have killed a man. Angel’s initial reaction to his son’s homosexuality and fondness for drag is all too predictable: Viva doesn’t amplify Angel’s hostility to tell a prolonged tale of persecution and liberation.


About Minnesota Cuban Film Festival

The Minnesota Cuban Film Festival is organized by the Minnesota Cuba Committee, in collaboration with MSP Film Society and ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute). The Minnesota Cuba Committee is responsible for the film selection and program information. The 15th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival features films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging films of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit. The festival starts Wednesday, February 28 and runs for five consecutive Thursdays through April 4, 2024.


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