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Poster for the Viva premiere competition in the IFI

Win tickets to the Viva premiere in the IFI to meet Mark O’Halloran and Paddy Breathnach, the film’s writer and director


GCN and the IFI are teaming up to give you the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to see the amazing, emotional film Viva premiere on Friday 19 August 2016 in the IFI.

The film tells the story of a young Cuban hairdresser, Jesus. Jesus lives alone, scraping by with the money he makes from cutting hair and styling drag queen’s wigs. When an opportunity arises, Jesus takes to the stage to perform as the glamorous ‘Viva’.

Check out the trailer for the film here to see what’s in store for those lucky winners:
The film screened in the GAZE Film Festival in July, winning the ‘Spirit of GAZE‘ award for capturing “the spirit of the festival perfectly”.

“For a celebrated Irish writer like Mark O’Halloran, who just happens to be gay, to write such an inspiring screenplay dealing with sexuality, gender identity, compassion, duty, community, family, bullying and redemption, and to set it in Havana among the drag queens, showed how the personal struggles of young gay people are present in every culture and in every language.”

“That this Irish production so bravely transcends all cultural boundaries is a towering achievement by everyone who worked on it. Little wonder the company are called ‘Treasure Films’.”


So, to be in with a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to this must see film on Friday 19 August 2016, answer the question below.*

*Only one entry per person, multiple entries from the same person will disqualify the entrant from the competition. Winners will be selected Wednesday 17 August 2016.


What is the name of the Cuban hairdresser that Viva is about?



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