Viva, directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Mark O’Halloran, has been shortlisted in the category of Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards®. The final list of five nominees will be unveiled on January 14th.
Written by Mark O’Halloran (Garage, Adam and Paul) and directed by Paddy Breathnach (Man About Dog, I Went Down), Viva follows Jesus, an eighteen-year-old Cuban who is lost and struggling to realize his true identity. Unsure of himself or his future direction, he works at a local Havana drag club where he entertains dreams of becoming a performer whilst earning his money through hustling. At home he finds solace listening to the records his mother and grandmother left him. Into his life, however, comes a force to challenge his direction and freedom – his long-lost father Angel, once a celebrated boxer and newly released from a 15-year prison term..”
Viva was produced by Robert Walpole, Rebecca O’Flanagan and Cathleen Dore for Treasure Entertainment ans was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and Windmill Lane.
The 88th Academy Awards® will take place on 28th February 2016.