“Viva” was Ireland’s Official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category and it made the 9-film shortlist out of 80 submissions for the 88th Academy Awards.
to the vibrant world of Havana’s drag scene at the Telluride Film
Festival. We are
thrilled to welcome Breathnach back to the Sundance Film Festival.
club in Havana, longing for a purpose other than the pennies he scrapes
together in the
shadows of his surroundings. When Jesus is offered the chance to
perform amongst the other queens, the cruel winds of fate bring his
father back into his life after 15 years. What unfolds is a
bittersweet story of pain, regret, and reconciliation. As the two men’s
collide, they are forced to grapple with their conflicting views.
Breathnach and writer Mark O’Halloran bring Viva to life with exquisite
Jorge Perugoría and Héctor Medina fill this wrenching love story
with a raw humanity that runs beyond the confines of the screen. With a
for compassion, Viva illuminates the oft-devastating path of family,
neglect, and resolution.
Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival. His second feature, I Went Down
Film Festival), won Best New Director prize at the San Sebastian
Film Festival, Best Director award at the Thessaloniki International
and Best Film at the Bogota International Film Festival. His
comedy, Man About Dog, became one of the most successful independent
Breathnach directs both documentaries and dramas.