John Butler’s Papi Chulo Selected for 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

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John Butler’s Papi Chulo Selected for 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Posted: 24th July 2018

Congratulations to the team behind the John Butler-helmed Papi Chulo, which has been selected for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The title will receive its world premiere at the festival and screen as a Special Presentation, with additional strands announced in the coming weeks.

Papi Chulo marks Butler’s third feature film and is also his third to receive its world premiere at TIFF following the critically acclaimed The Stag (2013) and Handsome Devil (2016). Cast adrift in Los Angeles, Sean — a lonely TV weatherman — drives past a middle-aged Latino migrant worker standing outside Home Depot 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, they build sort of a friendship based on sign language, until Sean becomes consumed by a deep and obsessional attraction.

Papi Chulo is produced by Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole of Treasure Entertainment, and stars Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patino. The title is supported by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from 6 – 16 September, 2018. Click here for more info.