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. Tony Manero is a story about loss, identity and obsession in the recent Chilean history.
Spanish Pablo Larraín, Alfredo Castro, Mateo Iribarren Sergio Armstrong Miguel Ormazábal Ruth Orellana Andrea Chignoli Frecuencia Mod, Bee Gees, José Alfredo Fuentes, Juan Cristóbal Meza Alfredo Castro, Amparo Noguera, Héctor Morales, Paola Lattus, Elsa Poblete
Pablo Larraín was born in Chile in 1976. After he studied film direction, he founded Fabula, a company devoted to audiovisual and communications development, where he has carried out the following projects: In 2005 he produced and directer his first feature film called Fuga , which was commercially released in March 2006. During 2006 he produced a film called La Vida Me Mata (Life Kills Me), directed by Sebastián Silva. In 2007 Pablo Larraín worked in his second feature film: Tony Manero.
World premiere Feature film / Chile / Brazil / 1h38 / 35mm / 2.35 / couleur / color / Dolby Digital 5.1 / Directors' Fortnight 2008