The 2015 Cuban-set Irish drama film “Viva” directed by Paddy Breathnach, has been selected as the Irish entry for the 2015 Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Read on to know more details.
According to Wikipedia entry, the film was selected as Ireland’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
During its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, over Labor Day weekend, “Viva” rocked, reported Deadline.
The Irish Film & Television Academy selected and submitted this Spanish-language film for Ireland’s entry as the director Paddy Breathnach is an Irishman.
When asked about the possibility of a Cuban film being selected as an Irish entry for Oscar in Telluride Film Festival, the director Breathnach said he hopes that the committee would consider the films’ quality rather than other things including political selection process. Fortunately, “Viva” has been selected by the Academy.
The director is thrilled about his film being listed among the 2o15 Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions. He revealed that he loved every single minute of their adventure during the making of the film, from Ireland to Cuba and back again.
The film is about 18-year-old Jesus (Hector Medina), a Cuban man. He works at a local Havana drag club, and dreams of being a performer on the stage of the same club where he works. His life is shaken by the return of his father who was recently released from prison.
Rebecca O’Flanagan & Rob Walpole of Treasure Films, and Cathleen Dore & Nelson Navarro of Island Films are the producers of “Viva,” reported The Hollywood Reporter. Benicio Del Toro is the executive producer of the film.
The screening process of all the movies out of the 2015 Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions would start in October. The final five nominations would be announced in January, next year.
Photo Source: Facebook/ Paddy Breathnach’s ‘Viva’