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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Tony Manero

Fortnight 2008, Feature film, 1h38


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.


Pablo Larraín

Pablo Larraín was born in Chile in 1976. He is a founding partner in the production company Fabula. His feature films include Fuga, Tony Manero (Directors’ Fortnight), Post Mortem (Venice), No (Directors’ Fortnight and Academy Award nominee as Best Foreign Language Film), The Club (Berlinale Grand Jury Prize Silver Bear and Golden Globes nominee as Best Foreign Language Film). Neruda is his sixth feature film.

Alfredo Castro
Amparo Noguera
Elsa Poblete
Héctor Morales
Paola Lattus

Pablo Larraín, Alfredo Castro, Mateo Iribarren

Sergio Armstrong

Miguel Ormazábal

Andrea Chignoli

Frecuencia Mod, Bee Gees, José Alfredo Fuentes, Juan Cristóbal Meza

Set decoration
Ruth Orellana

Production : Fabula Productions Holanda 3017, Ñuñoa Santiago Chile Tél : +56 2 344 0908 Fax : +56 2 205 4250 Prodigital (Brésil) ventes à l’étranger / foreign sales : Funny Balloons 4bis, rue Saint Sauveur 75002 Paris France Tél : + 33 (0)1 40 13 05 84 Presse / Publicist : Makna Presse Chloe Lorenzi 177, rue du temple 75003 Paris France Tél : +33 (0)1 42 77 00 16