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Oscars: Ireland Selects ‘Viva’ For Foreign-Language Category

17 September 2015

The Irish Film and Television Academy has submitted the coming-of-age drama Viva as Ireland’s entry into the race for next year's foreign language Oscar.

Directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Mark O'Halloran, the film tells the story of Jesus, an eighteen-year-old Cuban working in a drag bar in Havana whose life is shaken by the retu of his long-lost father, a renowned former boxer who served 15 years in prison for murder. A crowd-pleaser at its world premiere in Telluride, the film was described by The Hollywood Reporter as having a "bittersweet conclusion" that "packs an emotional wallop."

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