Los Angeles, CA – Jan 22, 2020 – Watch ‘MY HINDU FRIEND’ today on various digital platforms, including Amazon: https://amzn.to/37g7k1Z.
ROCK SALT RELEASING has digitally released past Oscar-nominated director, Hector Babenco’s (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Pixote) final feature film, MY HINDU FRIEND (aka ‘Meu Amigo Hindu’), onto various streaming platforms (Amazon, iTunes, inDemand, DirecTV, Vudu, Google Play, FANDANGO, Vimeo on Demand, FlixFing, Hoopla, AT&T, Xbox, Sony & Sling/Dish).
Co-written by Guilherme Moraes Guintella (Principal Dancer, Instigated, Sintonia), MY HINDU FRIEND is a semi-autobiographical drama starring a daring performance from Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Lighthouse, The Florida Project). Accompanied by impeccable cinematography from Mauro Pinheiro Jr., Babenco’s final film is an emotional story about an unlikely friendship.
“Surreal, reflective (though never sentimental) with Fellini-esque flights of frank sexuality, eroticism and existential whimsy,” wrote Film Ink.
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 a celebration of life, MY HINDU FRIEND is ultimately a story about rebirth and someone who suddenly loses everything: his career, friendships, and sexual life, forcing himself to start over again. The metaphor of rebirth also extends to Babenco’s love for cinema and life itself. Directed towards older men, illness and the effects on ego and sexuality, MY HINDU FRIEND is a rare work that touches upon the sensitive parts of being a man and the different shades that define manhood.
“In one of the end credits, Babenco thanks a few doctors ‘for their determination to keep me alive. Without them this film could never have been made’,” wrote Film Intuition, adding, “If he somehow knew that this would be his final film, then there is no better way for a filmmaker to bid farewell.”
Watch the trailer for MY HINDU FRIEND here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isuyOnsPv0U.
ROCK SALT RELEASING released MY HINDU FRIEND onto various digital streaming platforms Jan. 17th (Amazon, iTunes, inDemand, DirecTV, Vudu, Google Play, FANDANGO, Vimeo on Demand, FlixFing, Hoopla, AT&T, Xbox, Sony & Sling/Dish).
Alongside an outstanding 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: 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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