When his estranged father returns, a hairdresser is forced to quit performing at the local drag club.


Paddy Breathnach


Mark O'Halloran
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Alberto García Luis Alberto García ... Mama
Héctor Medina ... Jesús
Jorge Martínez Jorge Martínez ... Celeste
Luis Manuel Alvarez Luis Manuel Alvarez ... Cindy (as Luis Manuel Álvarez)
Renata Maikel Machin Blanco Renata Maikel Machin Blanco ... Pamela (as Renata Maykel Machín Blanco)
Laura Alemán Laura Alemán ... Cecilia
Paula Ali Paula Ali ... Nita
Luis Angel Batista Bruzón Luis Angel Batista Bruzón ... Don (as Luis Ángel Batista)
Luis Daniel Ventura Garbendia Luis Daniel Ventura Garbendia ... Kali (as Luis Daniel Ventura)
Maikol Villa Puey Maikol Villa Puey ... William
Oscar Ibarra Napoles Oscar Ibarra Napoles ... Javier (as Oscar Ibarra)
Jorge Perugorría ... Ángel
Libia Batista Libia Batista ... Lazara
Tomás Cao Tomás Cao ... Trainer Nestor
Jorge Eduardo Acosta Ordonez Jorge Eduardo Acosta Ordonez ... Lydia (as Jorge Acosta)


When everything is for sale, what's the value of love? Jesus does makeup for a troupe of drag performers in Havana but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be onstage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. That stranger is his father, Angel, a former boxer who has been absent from his life for fifteen years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Irish director Paddy Breathnach got the idea for this film during a visit to Cuba in the late 1990s. See more »


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Composed & Performed by Meg Cottone / Cut One
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Outstanding depiction of life in Havana
1 May 2016 | by jrpolloSee all my reviews

The first thing that knocks you out is the cinematography. It is a marvel how they can pull that off in a run-down, old, desolate place like Old Havana. But besides the obvious drag-queen story there is a very realistic depiction of life in Havana which, although touched up a bit, still gives the viewer a sense of how it really is. Well-known Cuban actors Luis Alberto Garcia (unrecognizable in drag) and Jorge Perugorría give excellent performances, but the star is newcomer Hector Medina. The only low point of the movie is the subtitle translation which does not do justice to the writing. I'm not sure how this film will play in Peoria, but in Miami's Little Havana where I saw it today it did just fine.

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Release Date:

19 August 2016 (Ireland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$48,995, 1 May 2016

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2.35 : 1
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