Magnolia Nabs Ireland’s Oscar Entry ‘Viva,’ Plans 2016 Release

Magnolia Pictures has nabbed North American rights to the coming-of-age drama “Viva.”

The film is set in Cuba and centers on a gay hairdresser who tries to reconcile with his estranged father while launching a career as a drag performer. Magnolia is eyeing a theatrical release in 2016.

Viva” is directed by Paddy Breathnach (“Man About Dog”) and is executive produced by Benicio Del Toro. It premiered to strong reviews at the Telluride Film Festival and will be Ireland’s official entry for the foreign-language Academy Award competition.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia Senior VP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, and by Josh Braun of Submarine and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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