#IrishAbroad: Viva wins Audience Award at Transatlantyk Festival in ?ód?
News from Poland where Paddy Breathnach’s Irish-produced, Cuban-set, Spanish-language drama Viva has won the Audience Award at the 2016 Transatlantyk ?ód? Film Festival.
Directed by Breathnach, Viva is the Havana-based story of young Jesus, who longs to be a glamorous drag queen only to have his dreams take a detour when his estranged and very macho father returns from a long stint in prison.
The film, which is written by Irish actor and screenwriter Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul), stars Cuban actors Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García and Héctor Medina. Director of Photography Cathal Watters (One Million Dubliners) won the IFTAThe Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is an all-Ireland organisation with a Membership of 1,240 individuals across 14 Chapters of Discipline. More for his work on the film, which also features the talents of Production Designer Paki Smith, who worked with Breathnach on Man About Dog.
Rebecca O’Flanagan and Rob Walpole produce for Treasure Entertainment, with funding from the Irish Film BoardFís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry., Windmill LaneWindmill Lane is world renowned for its recording studio, music video production & commercials, VFX work and audio for Film, TV and Animation. More Pictures, RTÉ, and Treasure Entertainment. Nelson Navarro Navarro from Island Films in Cuba co-produced, with actor Benecio Del Toro as acting as executive producer.
Irish and UK audiences will have the opportunity to watch Viva this summer, with Element PicturesElement Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element Pictu... More Distribution overseeing distribution in the Republic of Ireland, and StudioCanal overseeing the United Kingdom.
The PGNiG Transatlantyk Festival is a new artistic platform aimed at building a stronger relationship between society, art and the environment through music and film. It strives to inspire discussions on current social issues. Academy Award® winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek is the Founder and Director of the Festival.
The awards ceremony took place on Thursday evening at the ?ód? Grand Theatre during the PGNiG Transatlantyk ?ód? 2016 Closing Gala event. The gala was hosted by Grazyna Torbicka and Tomasz Raczek.