CAST: Hector Medina, Jorge Perugorria, Luis Alberto Garcia DIRECTOR: Paddy Breathnach PRIDE FILM SERIES + PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION
VIVA stars Hector Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto Garcia), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorria) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. 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 reconcile as a family.
Hector Medina is a young performer with soulful eyes and an uncanny ability to seem both masculine and feminine. He rivets our attention during every moment of Jesus' tortured journey to self-realization. Luis Alberto Garcia as the solicitous Mama exudes seen-it-all wisdom. JorgePerugorria, who played a gay character in the early Cuban classic Strawberry and Chocolate, finds the reserves of tenderness and regret hiding beneath the brutal exterior of Angel. But all of the performances in this film are pitch perfect. Oscar winning actor Benicio Del Toro served as the film's executive producer.Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
Havana's crumbling trapped-in-time beauty also plays a starring role, but it's Medina who provides the movie's raw, tender heart.Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly