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Following an overwhelmingly positive critical reception at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival, Paddy Breathnach’s “Viva” finally has a breathtaking tailer that takes viewers down a dark, tumultuous, and inspiring tale of perseverance, tenacity and love.
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.
The film is one of the first ventures by Breathnach into the world of serious drama. He has up until now been primarily known for his work in comedies and horrors, such as “Blow Dry” and “Shrooms,” respectively. Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro serves as an executive producer, and the film has been selected as Ireland’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.
Magnolia Pictures will release the film on February 5.