ACT­ING OUT ‘Viva’ di­rec­tor tack­les au­then­tic­ity, cul­ture on big screen

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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.

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