Brave and Poetic: ‘My Hindu Friend’ is a Serviceable Swan Song (DVD Release)

Brave and Poetic: ‘My Hindu Friend’ is a Serviceable Swan Song (DVD Release)

Live a life to die for.

Los Angeles, CA – March 3, 2020 – ROCK SALT RELEASING has released ‘MY HINDU FRIEND’ onto DVD and Blu-Ray today:

From past Oscar-nominated director, Héctor Babenco’s (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Pixote), MY HINDU FRIEND (aka ‘Meu Amigo Hindu’) was his final feature film before his death in 2016. Penned as a semi-autobiographical drama co-written by Guilherme Moraes Guintella (Principal Dancer, Instigated, Sintonia), MY HINDU FRIEND features an outstanding and committed performance by four-time Academy Award nominee, Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Lighthouse, The Florida Project).

“[Babenco’s] last movie is the elegiac, poetic, yet meandering drama MY HINDU FRIEND, a serviceable swansong from a true auteur,” wrote Film Threat.

MY HINDU FRIEND was inspired by Hector Babenco’s life story, starring his friends and family as characters. Mirroring Babenco’s personal journey, Dafoe stars as ‘Diego’, a talented American filmmaker, whose life is quickly disrupted after being diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. Tempestuous and close to death, Diego marries the beautiful ‘Livia’ (Maria Fernanda Cândido) before heading to Seattle for life-saving treatments, including receiving a bone marrow transplant. During treatment Diego meets a young Hindu boy (Rio Adlakha), with whom he plays chess with while sharing stories and future dreams. Through a series of heart-wrenching events and a surprise visitor, chances are he won’t survive. But if he does, Diego must relearn how to live and how to rediscover his sexual liberation.

As a celebration of life, MY HINDU FRIEND is a story about rebirth – someone who suddenly loses everything: his career, friendships, and sexual life, as he finds himself having to start over again.

MY HINDU FRIEND is a “brave and poetic when it comes to facing mortality and rediscovering life. It is also most eloquent in referring to cinema as one’s lifeline with a wistful view of humanity, of those friends who stick around and those who don’t. Babenco’s imminently encroaching end is palpable in every celluloid cell of MY HINDU FRIEND. Because we shall never see another film from the formidable filmmaker, it certainly demands your attention, warts and all,” concluded Film Threat.

ROCK SALT RELEASING has released MY HINDU FRIEND onto DVD platforms and various digital streaming platforms (Amazon, iTunes, inDemand, DirecTV, Vudu, Google Play, FANDANGO, Vimeo on Demand, FlixFing, Hoopla, AT&T, Xbox, Sony & Sling/Dish).

Watch the trailer here:

Alongside a tour de force performance from Dafoe, MY HINDU FRIEND stars Brazil’s top, award-winning talent including, Maria Fernada Cândido (Dom, Edge of Desire series, Terra Nostra), Reynaldo Gianecchini (Family Ties, Shades of Sin, Belissima series, Seven Sins series), Selton Mello (The Mechanism, The Movie of My Life, Trash), Bárbara Paz (Viver a Vida, Marisol, Manual Para Atropelar Cachorro, Seize the Day) and Guilherme Weber (Desert, Shades of Sin, The Big Catch).

MY HINDU FRIEND (2019, 124 min.) Directed and written by: Héctor Babenco. Co-writer: Guilherme Moraes Guintella. Producers: Hector Babenco, Jeremy Thomas, Marcelo Torress. Editor: Gustavo Giani. Cinematographer: Mauro Pinheiro Jr. Original music: Zbigniew Preisner. Brazil, English. O2 Productions, Rock Salt Releasing, Producer’s representative: The Movie Agency.

Production Company: O2 Productions.

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