Papi Chulo

Directed by John Butler
  • Ireland
  • 1hr 38min
  • 2018
  • English

Writer and director John Butler’s (Handsome Devil) latest comedy/drama sees the filmmaker return to the themes of empathy and unlikely friendship. In this case, the bond forms between a well-heeled, gay presenter and an older, straight, labourer from Mexico.
Set in modern-day Los Angeles, it tells of a down-on-his-luck weatherman (Matt Bomer) who is shaken by the end of a relationship. He has an on-air meltdown, prompting concerned bosses to persuade him to take some time out. To fill his days, he employs a Latino migrant worker (Alejandro Patiño) to paint his home but also to keep him company. Despite their cultural, age and language differences, they connect in this affecting culture-clash comedy. Butler’s intimate, moving and thoughtful film looks at all the big stuff through the little prism of their growing connection - friendship, class, ethnicity and economic migration.

John Butler's new film is a wonder, a warm-hearted celebration about friendship and love. A gem.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Matt Bomer
Alejandro Patiño
Elena Campbell-Martinez

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Schedule & Tickets

20 Feb 18:30 Cineworld
20 Feb 21:00 Cineworld