ACTING OUT ‘Viva’ director tackles authenticity, culture on big screen
Shortlisted for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award this year, “Viva” has been making noise since its debut at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival. In it, young Jesus (Hector Medina), who does make-up for a drag troupe in Havana, dreams of one day performing himself. However, when his father Angel (Jorge Perugorria) makes a dramatic entrance back into his life those plans derail. Director Paddy Breathnach has made his previous films in his native Ireland but shot this one in Cuba. We spoke with him recently about his journey to bring “Viva” to the screen (along with gay writer Mark O’Halloran) and make it authentic.
What made you want to make this film?