Following a hugely positive critical reception from Telluride Film Festival and being shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Irish director Paddy Breathnach’s stunning drama Viva has been announced to close the 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival on Sunday 28th February.

Written by Irish actor and screenwriter Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul) and produced by Rob Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan for Treasure Entertainment (The Stag), Viva stars Cuban actors Jorge Perugorría (Strawberries and Chocolate), Luis Alberto García and Héctor Medina.

[quote title=”Mark O’Halloran – Writer”]It is a thrill and a delight to finally be showing Viva to a home audience. To have it screen as the closing film at ADIFF makes that all the sweeter.[/quote]

The film tells the story of Jesus, a young gay man, who discovers that the only time he is free from life’s struggles is when he is on stage transformed into Viva, his beautiful alter ego that bares her soul on stage. His dream, however, is crushed with the arrival of his father Angel, whose standards of masculinity are derived from a world of boxing and incarceration. Their opposing expectations, further aggravated by their financial instability, create constant conflict both within themselves and each other as both men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.

[quote title=”Gaby Smyth – Audi Dublin International Film Festival,Chair of the Board”]It is entirely fitting that this year’s festival finishes with Viva, an uplifting and beautiful film from two of Ireland’s finest film-makers: director Paddy Breathnach and writer Mark O’Halloran.  In a year of very high calibre Irish film-making, we can be justly proud of closing the festival with this exceptional work.[/quote]

The 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival opens on 18th February with John Carney’s Sing Street, and will welcome guests including legendary star Angela Lansbury to Dublin throughout the 11 days.  The full lineup for the Festival programme will be launched at the end of January to include exciting themed strands, along with a host of special guests and special events. www.diff.ie. Season tickets are now available for the Festival, offering free entrance to all screenings, exclusive galas and after-show parties during the Festival, as well as a sneak preview of the 2016 programme with advance booking. Tickets to the Angela Lansbury celebration are available via Ticketmaster.

The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, and funded by The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board.

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