Ireland Sends ‘Viva’ to Oscars

Ireland Sends 'Viva' to Oscars

The latest foreign Oscar entrant is Ireland’s Spanish-language “Viva,” the country’s fourth-ever submission to the Academy Awards.

A Telluride 2015 premiere, “Viva” is set in Havana Cuba and tells the story of 18-year-old Jesus, lost and struggling to realize who he is. Unsure of himself or his future, he works at a local drag club as an aspiring performer, while at home listens to Latin records left to him by his mother and grandmother. Then, his long lost father, a celebrated boxer, returns from prison after 15 years for murder, attempting to bond once again with his son.

“Viva” was written by Mark O’Halloran. The film, which is executive produced by Benicio Del Toro, and is currently awaiting a US acquisition.

READ MORE: Telluride Review: ‘Viva’ Finds a Familiar Queer Dilemma in Cuba

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