16/05/2009 03:26

Tony Manero

Chile/Brazil, 2008, 98 min.
Director: Pablo Larrain
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Paola Lattus, Héctor Morales, Amparo Noguera, Elsa Poblete
Awards: Best Actor (Alfredo Castro), Grand Coral - First Prize, Havana Film Festival, 2008; Golden Tulip, Istanbul International Film Festival, 2009.
Selection: EXIT POINT

Film and Media Festival Cinema City, as part of main competition selection Exit Point, will present a Chilean film Tony Manero, an unusual drama by director Pablo Larrain.

The story happens in 1978. The protagonist, Raul Peralta, is an unfulfilled fifty-year-old criminal who is obsessed with John Travolta and his acting as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever.

Whenever he has the chance, Raul watches the film confirming the already well memorised dialogues. Knowing all the details from the film, he always beats fan rivals. A problem occurs when Raul firmly decides to win at a John Travolta look-alike contest on a television competition. Raul is not afraid to commit murder in order to ensure achieving the goal he was dreaming about for a long time. Criticism of Chilean dictatorship, which resulted in meaningless loss of identity of each individual, weaves through the entire film.

Pablo Larrain was born in 1976 in Chile. After graduating film directing, he founded Fabula, a company devoted to communications and audiovisual development. in 2005 he directed and produced his first feature film called Fuga. In 2006 he produced the film La Vida Me Mata by director Sebastián Silva. Tony Manero is his second feature film.