Torino Film Festival

John Butler – Papi Chulo #TFF36

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Human relations are important, now even more in the crazy world we live in. A real friendship can happen even in the weirdest way, like in Papi Chulo.

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8 min. and 17 sec.

PODCAST| Angelo Acerbi interviews John Butler, director of the film Papi Chulo.

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John Butler was in Torino 4 years ago with The Stag. Now he’s back with a comedy that seems completely different but it is not that much, in its very core. The story of a friendship, weird and seemingly impossible, between a gay tv weatherman in Los Angeles and a Mexican immigrant worker is used by John in a sweet but political way, making us laugh and think and take sides, realizing how insensitive we can be and how life could be better if we opened to the people we meet on our path.

Papi Chulo: The strange, irresistible friendship between Sean, a TV weatherman on a station in LA, thirty years old, gay, and with a defunct love story; and Ernesto, an ultra-fifty-year-old Cuban factory worker with a wife and children, who every day goes to paint Sean’s terrace. Starting with Sean’s nervous breakdown on live TV, a succession of linguistic gags (Sean only speaks English, Ernesto only speaks Spanish), and keen observations of personalities and situations, the first American movie by the director of The Stag.


  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    John Butler
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Papi Chulo
  • Festival section
    Festa Mobile
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