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Daily Reads: Ireland’s Oscar Entry Brings LGBT Issues to Awards Circuit

Daily Reads: Ireland's Oscar Entry Brings LGBT Issues to Awards Circuit

Every awards season there seems to be a major contender starring Hollywood talent that deals with LGBT issues, from “Brokeback Mountain” to “Milk,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and more. Surprisingly, that’s not really the case this year, and while Sean Baker’s trans-centric “Tangerine” remains an underdog contender, it looks like the safest bet for a film to represent LGBT cinema on the Oscar stage will be Ireland’s Best Foreign Language contender, “Viva.” 

Paddy Breathnach’s drama tells a haunting love story set in the world of drag queens, transvestite hair dressers and difficult familial relationships. Magnolia Pictures will release the film on February 5, and they dropped a breathtaking debut trailer yesterday that suggests “Viva” could be a dark horse to battle Hungary’s frontrunner “Son of Saul.”

Watch the trailer in the link below, and be sure to catch up on all of the LGBT-focused stories making the rounds.

Watch: ‘Viva’ Trailer Exposes the Heart of Ireland’s Foreign Language Oscar Contender

Starring Héctor Medina and Luis Alberto García, the film follows the tale of Jesus, a cross-dressing hair stylist chasing his dream of breaking free of his strained existence and gaining a chance of becoming what he has always wanted: a famous cabaret drag queen.  – Riyad Mammadyarov, Indiewire

The Secret History of 2015’s Best Gay Films

2015’s best gay films defy the clichés that commercial Hollywood is most comfortable marketing; clichés that distort or stereotype gay folk by keeping them in the repressive past or sentimentalizing them as pathological test cases. There’s a difference between high-profile marketing that exploits the desire for social acceptance and good, edifying filmmaking. (Why the French remain best at this deserves a separate article.) The best gay films confront stereotypes and resist them, bringing out “the secret history” (as one film put it) of gay life that no longer needs to remain secret. – Armond White, Out

Mya Taylor Continues ‘Tangerine’ Awards Tour With Caitlyn Jenner at Her Side

For Taylor, one of the most important aspects of the film was retaining a sense of humor. “The whole story is depressing, when you think about it. But I didn’t want to see a theater full of sad people,” Taylor said. “I’ve had a very, very sad life. But how I get through it is I make fun of everything. Like, ‘Oh bitch, you fell down the stairs yesterday, girl! You remember that?’ Like, laugh about it!” she said with a knowing smile. – Steve Greene, /Bent

Life Lessons With Alan Cumming

“Some people have said about the book: ‘He doesn’t mention that he was first married to a woman and then married to a man.’ But that’s not what this book is about… it’s not about me being bisexual. I get a little tired of everything. If I was straight, you wouldn’t think that I should make references to the fact that I was straight, so it just feels a little bit double standard-y.” – Meadhbh McGrath, Independent

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