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Tony Manero

Tony Manero (Chile, Brazil)

Directed by:
Pablo Larraín
Alfredo Castro, Amparo Noguera, Paola Lattus, Hector Morales, Elsa Poblete
TIFF edition:

Santiago de Chile, 1978. In the midst of the tough social context of Pinochet’s dictatorship, Raúl Peralta, a man in his fifties, is obsessed with the idea of impersonating “Tony Manero”, John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever. Raúl leads a small group of dancers regularly performing at a bar located in the outskirts of the city. Every Saturday evening, he unleashes his passion for the film’s music by imitating his idol. His dream of being recognized as a successful showbiz star is about to become a reality when the national television announces a “Tony Manero” impersonating contest. His urge to reproduce his idol’s likeness drives him to commit a series of crimes and thefts. In the meantime, his dancing partners, who are involved in underground activities against the regime, are persecuted by the government’s secret police.

Awards & Festivals: Cannes 2008 – Directors' Fortnight, Golden Tulip – Istanbul 2009, Special Jury Award – Varşovia 2009, KNF Award – Rotterdam 2009, Best Actor (Alfredo Castro) – Havana 2008