European Union Film Festival
Mark O’Halloran in person!


2015, Paddy Breathnach, Ireland/Cuba, 100 min. With Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría.

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 13th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 14th 6:00pm


The 6 PM screening is a Movie Club event. Join us for a post-screening conversation and a complimentary cocktail in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Gallery/Café. Movie ticket required.

"A genuine crowd-pleaser…packs an emotional wallop." — Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

"Uncovers an authentic Cuba…sensational." — Gary M. Kramer, Indiewire

Irish talent behind the camera and Cuban talent on screen make for a powerfully potent combination in this emotional coming-of-age drama in which a young gay man struggles toward his dream of becoming a show-lounge diva. Short-listed for an Oscar nomination, VIVA highlights vibrant musical numbers and the colorful diversity of Havana’s inner city as Jesus (Medina), neighborhood hairdresser by day, wig-wrangler for the drag queens he idolizes by night, faces the challenge of his life when ex-con Angel (Perugorría), the brutal father he never knew, reappears. Executive-produced by Benicio del Toro. In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

MARCH 13 & 14: Screenwriter Mark O’Halloran (ADAM & PAUL, GARAGE), will be present for audience discussion at both screenings. The 6:00 pm screening on Monday is a Movie Club event.

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