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Scottish Premiere of Papi Chulo at GFF19


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It’s always a special feeling when a director returns to GFF. Last night, we rolled out the red carpet for the Scottish premiere of Papi Chulo, welcoming the return of Irish screenwriter and director John Butler, whose brilliant coming-of-age comedy Handsome Devil opened Glasgow Film Festival in 2017. 

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Butler was joined by his lead actors on the red carpet: Golden Globe and Emmy award-winner Matt Bomer, who is well-known for his role in Magic Mike and recently directed an episode of new Netflix series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace; and charming veteran Alejandro Patiño, the trio fresh from presenting the film at Dublin International Film Festival.

In the film, Bomer gives one of his finest performances to date as Los Angeles TV weatherman Sean. An emotional meltdown on air leads to a lengthy sabbatical. Filling his days with home improvements, he hires Mexican labourer Ernesto (Patiño). The two men have little in common but Ernesto’s sympathetic ear is better than therapy and an unlikely friendship develops that starts to change both their lives.

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Speaking to press on the red carpet, Butler describes the feature as "a buddy comedy", while Patiño tells us working on the film was "one of the best times". Bomer explains the film was "one of those bucket list experiences, that you're lucky if you have a handful of in your career". The cracking chemistry between these two charismatic stars under the direction of Butler combines to make Papi Chulo an utterly joyful production. 

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A complete charmer of a film that deftly glides from hilarity to heartbreak, GFF19 audiences were thrilled to be among the first to see it. Following the screening, John Butler, Alejandro Patiño and Matt Bomer joined festival co-director Allan Hunter for a lively Q&A.

Photography: Eoin Carey

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