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John Butler's Eagerly Awaited Third Feature Film 'Papi Chulo' Releases in Ireland on June 7th
23 May 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patino in 'Papi Chulo'.
‘Papi Chulo’, the third feature film from acclaimed Irish writer/director John Butler (‘The Stag’, ‘Handsome Devil’), releases to Irish audiences on June 7th.

The film sees the Irish filmmaker return to the themes of empathy and unlikely friendship, in his first feature shot outside of Ireland, with a host of international stars attached.  The film had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and more recently was the Opening Gala at Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival with Hollywood stars Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño in attendance.

Cast adrift in Los Angeles, Sean – a lonely TV weatherman (Golden Globe winner Matt Bomer – Will & Grace, The Nice Guys, Magic Mike) drives past a middle-aged Latino migrant worker (Alejandro Patiño – Desperate Housewives, Always Sunny in Philadelphia) standing outside a hardware store looking for work.  He decides to hire this kind-looking man – to be his friend.  Sean is young, gay and white; Ernesto, portly, straight and married.  Despite having nothing in common and the language barrier, they build a sort of friendship – until Sean becomes consumed with a deeper obsessive need.

Papi Chulo is a heartwarming and poignant tale of finding friendship in the most unlikely places.

The film stars Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patino and is produced by Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole of Treasure Entertainment. Cathal Watters features as DoP, editor is John Connor, music by John McPhillips, production design by Susannah Honey and costume design by Joanna David.

‘Papi Chulo’ received financing from Screen Ireland, Head Gear Films, RTÉ and Windmill Lane.

Eclipse Pictures releases ‘Papi Chulo’ to Irish audiences on June 7th.

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