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Pablo Larraín
Chile/Brazil, Drama, 2008
98 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


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. He leads a small group of dancers regularly performing at a bar located in the outskirts of the city every Saturday. Beneath Raúl’s exterior of seeming indifference to anything except meticulous recreation of Tony Manero’s dance moves and the chance to compete in a nationally televised Tony Manero impersonating contest, lies a darker side of his personality driven to commit a bizarre series of violent crimes. Meanwhile, his dancing partners, who are involved in underground activities against the regime, are persecuted by the government’s secret police. Tony Manero is a story about the loss of identity and obsession in recent Chilean history.


Mature audiences

Alamo Village, Wednesday April 29, 9:45 PM

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Pablo Larraín was born in Santiago de Chile in 1973. After he finished school, he studied audiovisual communication at UNIACC University, and in 2005 directed his first film, Fuga. He is a founding member of Fabula, a company devoted to film and advertisement production.

tony_manero_cannes_posterProducer: Juan de Dios Larraín
Screenwriter: Pablo Larraín, Alfredo Castro, Mateo Iribarren
Cinematographer: Sergio Armstrong
Editor: Andrea Chignoli
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Amparo Noguera, Paola Lattus, Héctor Morales, Elsa Poblete