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Synopsis: Raul Peralta, a middle-aged criminal in 1970’s Chile, is obsessed the idea of impersonating Tony Manero, John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever. Every Saturday night, he unleashes his passion for the film’s music by imitating his idol and leading a small group of dancers as they perform at a bar in the outskirts of the city. His dream of being recognized as a successful showbiz star is about to become a reality when a Tony Manero impersonating contest is announced on national television. However, his obsession to reproduce his idol’s likeness and perfect his act drives him to commit a series of violent crimes and thefts, leading to shocking violence and murder.

Set during the tough social context of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, Tony Manero is an award winning thriller that Entertainment Weekly calls, “a dark, edgy movie.”


Drama | Crime





Run Time

97 minutes




Alfredo Castro (Raúl Peralta)
Amparo Noguera (Cony)
Elsa Poblete (Wilma)
Hector Morales (Goyo)

Directed by

Pablo Larraín

Written by

Alfredo Castro
Mateo Iribarren
Pablo Larraín

Produced by

Juan de Dios Larraín

Edited by

Andrea Chignoli


Juan Cristóbal Meza

Production Designer

Polin Garbizu


Sergio Armstrong


Warsaw International Film Festival - Poland - 2008

Special Jury Award, Free Spirit Competition (Pablo Larraín)

Torino Film Festival - Italy - 2008

FIPRESCI Prize (Pablo Larraín)

Torino Film Festival - Italy - 2008

Prize of the City of Torino for Best Feature Film (Pablo Larraín)

Torino Film Festival - Italy - 2008

Jury Prize for Best Actor (Alfredo Castro)

Havana Film Festival - Cuba - 2008

Best Actor (Alfredo Castro)

Havana Film Festival - Cuba - 2008

Grand Coral - First Prize (Pablo Larraín)

Rotterdam International Film Festival - Netherlands - 2009

KNF Award (Pablo Larraín)

Istanbul International Film Festival - Turkey - 2009

Golden Tulip for Best Film (Pablo Larraín)

Miami Film Festival - USA - 2009

Special Mention, Ibero-American Competition (Pablo Larraín)

Chileans Altazor Awards - Chile - 2009

Altazor Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Alfredo Castro)

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema - Argentina - 2009

Best Actor (Alfredo Castro)

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema - Argentina - 2009

FEISAL Award (Pablo Larraín)


Cannes Film Festival - France - 2008

C.I.C.A.E. Award


A memorably claustrophobic evocation of its time and place, as well as a reminder that the so-called escape offered by pop culture can sometimes be an escape into soul-sucking madness. - Andrew O'Hehir , Salon.com

This film is not a joy, and there is no joy in it, but it is powerfully grotesque and it will linger, whether you want it to or not. Give it a go, if you feel brave enough. - Deborah Ross , The Spectator

Country of Origin

Chile, Brazil

Production Year


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