Héctor Medina in VIVA, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Exploring the complicated codes of machismo and gay culture in a destitute but transitioning sector of Havana, VIVA is both a touching and harsh film. Jesus, a gay hairdresser, pursues his drag star dreams while hustling on the side. His father, Angel, returns from a stint in prison and forcefully sets himself up in Jesus’s home and life. As they struggle to reconcile, Mama, an aging queen, offers tough warmth and protection to both men.
German-American sculptor Eva Hesse died of a brain tumor at just 34. But her short life contained more hardship and success than most. Escaping the Holocaust, Hesse came to the U.S., where she studied at Yale. This documentary explores her artwork and journals to show an accomplished young artist celebrated by her Conceptual artist peers and committed to her craft as she confronted adversity and ultimately death.
READ: Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher
Appleseed, Massachusetts, is the town that metafiction built. When the economy begins to rot, due to a blight of bookworms that burrow into the residents’ very meaning, the young narrator finds his own life and that of those he loves upended. Boucher’s strange story is referentially so. Prepare to meet Reader and question the very act of literature as you consume this book.
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