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8 items from 2016


HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to Film Festival Hit, Irish Oscar Entry ‘Viva’

2 May 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the Sundance Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival hit “Viva”! Shot entirely in Havana, the film was directed by an Irish director and was Ireland’s official Oscar entry last year!

Viva,” which opens in Chicago on May 6, 2016 and is rated “R,” stars Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría and Luis Alberto García from director Paddy Breathnach and Mark O’Halloran. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Viva” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Viva Movie Review

24 April 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Viva Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director:  Paddy Breathnach Written by:  Mark O’Halloran Cast: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Renata Maikel Machin Blanco, Luis Manuel Alvarez Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 1/26/16 Opens:  April 29, 2016 Fathers want what’s best for their sons, but sometimes, while they mean well, they cannot accept what their boys are really like.  Such is the case in Paddy Breathnah’s “Viva,” which boasts a sensational performance for Cuban actor Héctor Medina in the title role.  If you doubt that his dad, a former boxer who served jail time for killing a man, would  [ Read More ]

The post Viva Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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Exclusive: Toughen Up With This Clip From 'Viva'

19 April 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Family and identity collide in the upcoming "Viva," a queer-positive story set in the slums of a Havana, where a father and son try to find some level of acceptance for each other. It's a film that debuted to a warm reception at the Telluride Film Festival last fall, and was Ireland's entry at this year's Oscars, and today we have an exclusive clip from the picture. Starring Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Héctor Medina, Luis Manuel Álvarez, Renata (Maikel Machín Blanco), and Laura Alemán, directed by Paddy Breathnach, and executive produced by Benicio Del Toro, the story follows a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama, Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. "Viva" opens in. »

- Edward Davis

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Panama International Film Fest Starts Tomorrow!

6 April 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

This Thursday, April 7th, there will be an inaugural press conference at 2:30 p.m. in American Trade Hotel’s Salon Viejo. The interview will be headed by the directors of Iff Panama, the President of Iff Panama Foundation, the Minister of Commerce and Industry (Mici), and the actors Luis Silva -protagonist of the movie "From Afar," winner of the Golden Lion of Venice- and the talented Luis Alberto García, who heads the cast of "Viva," which will open the festival. 

Read More: 'Viva' Director Paddy Breathnach on Making an Irish Film in Cuba and Visceral Transformation

Among the events that the International Film Festival of Panama brings for its fifth anniversary celebration are: educational and industry programs that cover more than twenty different activities between seminars, workshops, chats and panels, 14 red carpets along with three nights of free outdoors screenings and the presence of more than one hundred special guests; not to mention 75 of the best films the world has to offer. 

Read More: Panama: The Next Big Country for Latin American Films?

At 1:00 p.m. that same day, world renowned documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán will begin a four-day Documentary Seminar that he will conduct for members of the cinematographic industry in the American Trade Hall. 

Read More: Iff Panama: 22 Unique Educational Activities

At 6:45 p.m.,the Red Carpet event of the Iff Panama's Opening Gala will start at Teatro Balboa, with international and national special guests attending. The Inaugural Ceremony starts at 8:00 p.m. and at 8:45 the screening of "Viva" will commence.

For more information on the entire festival program and events visit Here.  »

- Sydney Levine

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'Land And Shade', 'From Afar' to screen at Iff Panama 2016

23 March 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lorenzo Vigas’ Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and César Augusto Acevedo’s Cannes Critics Week France 4 Visionary Award winner Land And Shade will screen at the  International Film Festival of Panama.

Both selections will play in the Ibero American Showcase under the auspices of Iff Panama 2016, which runs from April 7-13.

Italian actress Lucía Bosé will be guest of honour at the festival’s fifth edition when three of films will screen — Death Of A Cyclist, Story Of A Love Affair, and No Peace Under The Olive Tree. High Heels will screen in special presentation.

Ibero American Showcase entries include Anna Muylaert’s Brazilian foreign language Oscar submission My Second Mother, Álex de la Iglesia’s My Big Night (Spain), 3 Beauties (Venezuela) by Carlos Caridad-Montero, and Spy Time (Spain) by Javier Ruiz Caldera.

Rounding out the section are: The Apostate (Spain-France-Uruguay) by Federico Veiroj; Road To La Paz (Argentina) by Francisco Varone; Semana Santa (Mexico) by [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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[Sundance Review] Viva

22 January 2016 10:00 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Transporting us to a richly detailed Cuba, Viva tells the story of Jesus (Héctor Medina), a meek hairdresser whose clients include drag queens at a local Havana nightclub and elderly women who don’t have enough to pay him. With his mother having passed away and his estranged father in prison, he gets by on his own, yet is struggling to break out of his shell and genuinely express himself. While this story’s structure is certainly one we’ve witnessed before, Irish director Paddy Breathnach brings an emotional authenticity through a compassionate touch.

Jesus’ closest friends are the locals that attract tourists and a neighborhood “whore” — as one of his clients calls her — who takes advantage of his local dingy apartment, complete with a tattered mattress. One evening, when she leaves behind her lipstick, Jesus applies it; with a few glances into the mirror, his newfound dreams of participating »

- Jordan Raup

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U.S. Trailer For Ireland’s Sundance-Bound Oscar Entry ‘Viva’

7 January 2016 12:16 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With over 80 films in contention, Ireland was one of the few countries to make the initial shortlist Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars. While it’s usually up in the air when one will actually get a chance to see some of these films in the United States, Paddy Breathnach‘s Viva will get a release in less than a month and today we have a new trailer.

Also set to screen at the Sundance Film Festival towards the end of the month, the story follows a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Starring Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Héctor Medina, Luis Manuel Álvarez, Renata (Maikel Machín Blanco), and Laura Alemán, check out the beautiful trailer and poster.

Viva stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: 'Viva' Trailer Exposes the Heart of Ireland's Foreign Language Oscar Contender

5 January 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read:  Telluride Review: 'Viva' Finds a Familiar Queer Dilemma in Cuba Following an overwhelmingly positive critical reception at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival, Paddy Breathnach's "Viva" finally has a breathtaking tailer that takes viewers down a dark, tumultuous, and inspiring tale of perseverance, tenacity and love. Starring Héctor Medina and Luis Alberto García, the film follows the tale of Jesus, a cross-dressing hair stylist chasing his dream of breaking free of his strained existence and gaining a chance of becoming what he has always wanted: a famous cabaret drag queen.  The film is one of the first ventures by Breathnach into the world of serious drama. He has up until now been primarily known for his work in comedies and horrors, such as "Blow Dry" and "Shrooms," respectively. Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro serves as an executive producer, and the film has been selected as »

- Riyad Mammadyarov

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