Papi Chulo – IFFAM – 3rd International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

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Papi Chulo
Ireland | 2018 | 98’ | DCP | Colour | English, Spanish | Group: B

Director: John Butler

2018/12/14 20:00 Cinematheque‧Passion


Lonely TV weatherman Sean is taking time off after an on-air meltdown and decides to repaint the deck in his East Los Angeles house. He drives past a middle-aged Latino migrant worker standing outside a hardware store looking for work and decides to hire this kind-looking man ostensibly to do the deck work – but also to be his friend. Sean is young, gay and white. Ernesto is portly, straight and married. Despite having nothing in common and speaking different languages, they build a sort of friendship. But all is not well with Sean who becomes consumed with a deeper obsessive need.


John Butler

Dublin-born John Butler is an accomplished Irish writer/director whose film debut The Stag (2013) was nominated for best Irish film at the IFTA awards and was selected for both the Toronto and Tribeca film festivals. His second film Handsome Devil (2016) was also IFTA nominated and selected for Toronto, and his third Papi Chulo had its world premiere in Toronto in September. Butler has also written and directed TV comedy sketch show Your Bad Self, wrote a novel called The Tenderloin, has directed award-award-winning shorts, documentaries and commercials and used to write a column for The Irish Times.


Director Robert Walpole, Rebecca O’Flanagan

Cast Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño

Scriptwriter Robert Walpole, Rebecca O’Flanagan

Cinematographer Cathal Watters

Editor John O’Connor

Production Designer Sussanah Honey

Music John McPhillips

Costumes Joanna David

Producers Robert Walpole, Rebecca O’Flanagan

Production Treasure Films


World Sales Bankside Films