Los Angeles, CA – Jan 14, 2020 – Chances are he won’t survive, but if he does, he must re-learn how to live.
ROCK SALT RELEASING will be showing past Oscar-nominated director, Hector Babenco’s (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Pixote) final feature film, MY HINDU FRIEND (aka ‘Meu Amigo Hindu’), starring Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Lighthouse, The Florida Project) in select U.S. cities from Jan. 17th – 24th.
Co-written by Guilherme Moraes Guintella (Principal Dancer, Instigated, Sintonia), MY HINDU FRIEND is a powerfully intimate portrait of film director who learns he’s on the brink of death. As a story about rebirth and someone who suddenly loses everything: his career, friendships, and sexual life, the film director finds himself having to start over again.
“I wouldn’t miss it; it’s a film that’s more than facing mortality and the life you lived, it’s about relearning how to live, and being honest about what makes you care about living at all,” wrote Cultured Vultures.
MY HINDU FRIEND follows ‘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 the last film from Babenco, who died a few months after the end of filming, MY HINDU FRIEND intertwines together his artistic and personal life experiences. Without being classified as autobiographical, MY HINDU FRIEND introduces personal emotional struggles and experiences, as well as a unique perspective on the afterlife. Babenco celebrates the triumph (despite uncertain and temporary) of life over death, commemorating love and his passion for cinema.
“That’s what most films are – playing pretend and telling stories – and that’s what makes MY HINDU FRIEND more than just an autobiographical life or death drama. It’s a filmmaker’s thank you to the movies for everything they’ve done for him, including keeping him alive,” continued Cultured Vultures.
MY HINDU FRIEND will embark on a limited week long theatrical from Jan. 17th – Jan. 24th in select theaters: Kent Theater (Brooklyn, NY), Laemmle Glendale (CA), Classic Cinemas (IL), Gloucester Cinema (MA), Aurora Cineplex (GA), Harkins Shea Scottsdale (AZ), Emagine Canton (MI), Atlas Cinemas Diamond Center (OH), St. Michaels Cinema (MN), Flagship Cinemas Homestead (FL) and Galaxy Cinema Monroe (FL).
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isuyOnsPv0U.
MY HINDU FRIEND will also be released digitally Jan. 17th (Amazon, iTunes, inDemand, DirecTV, Vudu, Google Play, FANDANGO, Vimeo on Demand, FlixFing, Hoopla, AT&T, Xbox, Sony & Sling/Dish).
Alongside 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).
To attend or for screening/press inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information, please visit: http://rocksaltreleasing.com/my-last-friend.html.
MY HINDU FRIEND (2019, 124 min.) Directed and written by: Hector 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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