Film: Havana fable pulses with heart and heat

A stunning piece of work which pushes the boundaries of what Irish film can achieve

21st August, 2016
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Hector Medina as Jesús in Viva

Viva: Directed by Paddy Breathnach; Nationwide, 15a; Rating: ★★★★

The Childhood of a Leader: Directed by Brady Corbet; IFI, no cert; Rating: ★★★★

Set in the Cuban capital Havana, Viva is a movie that doesn’t just offer redemption for its characters, but for its director too. Having made a pair of flashy, derivative horror B-movies in the latter part of the last decade, Paddy Breathnach wrestled to get another feature film off the...

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