Although at first glance this film may seem to tell a story we’ve all heard countless times before, about a son searching for the acceptance of his father, the unique setting and characters keep ‘Viva’ fresh. In the bustling capital of a fast-evolving Cuba, Jesus is a young makeup artist who works with a group of drag performers in Havana. When Jesus finally gets the opportunity to perform onstage, he discovers more about himself and his history than he could have ever anticipated.
The vivid performances and engaging musical numbers make this film stand out among other coming-of-age stories, and it provides a glimpse at a Cuba you’ve probably never seen before.
“Viva” premieres at Bíó Paradís on August 18. Admission is 1,600 ISK.