Viva

Jesus does hair and make up for the drag queens at a bar in Havana. Wanting to be a performer himself, he finally gets his chance on stage, but only to be greeted by a punch in the face from a stranger. It’s his father, Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. Furious about his son’s sexuality, Angel forbids Jesus from performing. Unwillingly giving up his dream to reconnect with his father, the two clash over their opposing expectations of one other as they struggle to become family again. “Confidently mixing melodrama, fairy tale, and gritty realism. . .[an] ingenious and hugely entertaining crowd-pleaser.”—Telluride Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Genres: Drama