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by Paddy Breathnach


Jesus an eighteen year old Cuban 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, (all torch songs and romance by the great names of Latin music), or else hanging around watching the boxers train next-door. Into his life, however, comes a force to challenge his direction and freedom, his long lost father, a celebrated boxer, released from a 15 year prison term having killed someone in a street brawl when Jesus was a child.

international title: Viva
original title: Viva
country: Ireland
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Paddy Breathnach
film run: 100'
release date: ES 13/05/2016, FR 6/07/2016
screenplay: Mark O'Halloran
cast: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto Garcìa, Renata Maikel Machin Blanco, Mark O'Halloran
cinematography by: Cathal Watters
film editing: James E. Dalton, Stephen O'Connell
music: Stephen Rennicks
producer: Cathleen Dore, Rebecca O'Flanagan, Robert Walpole
production: Treasure Entertainment
backing: Irish Film Board, Windmill Lane Pictures
distributor: BTeam Pictures, ARP Sélection
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