Magnolia Pictures has picked up Paddy Brethnach’s “Viva” with plans for a theatrical release. The film is Ireland’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and it received generally positive reviews following its premiere at Telluride this year. “Viva” is a family drama about a queer Cuban youth and his relationship with his father.
Here is the official synopsis: “‘Viva’ stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, ‘Viva’ becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.”
“Paddy Breathnach has delivered a gem with ‘Viva,'” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “The intimate look into life in Havana today is almost as fascinating as the beautiful performances and story.”
Magnolia plans to release the film theatrically in 2016.