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La Ultima Latino Film Series: Tony Manero
Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM (PDT)
Due to circumstances beyond our control the film Post Mortem will not be screened tonight. In its place the Latino Film Festival will show Tony Manero, an acclaimed film by the same director, Pablo Larrain. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
Tony Manero by Pablo Larrain. 2008 Chile 98min. Starring Alfredo Castro.
“Over the years “Saturday Night Fever” has meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But the Chilean director Pablo Larraín is probably the first to have been inspired to use that 1970s disco drama as a device to dissect the abusive dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, as he does in his new film, “Tony Manero.”
Released in Chile in 2008, “Tony Manero” was first shown in the United States at the New York Film Festival last fall. The festival’s program director, Richard Peña, said the film appealed to him because of its ability to convey “the feeling, the texture and tactile sense of life during that time” and its complicated and nuanced view of American pop culture ... ‘Saturday Night Fever’ becomes a strange double-edged sword,” Mr. Peña said. “On the one hand it is free and easy and democratic and represents freedom and masculine flamboyance. But it also comes from America, which is seen as being at the root of the problem, behind the overthrow of Allende and the installation of Pinochet.” Excerpts from the NY Times film review. Published: July 2, 2009.
Preceded by the short Pax America (Joana Lima Martins, USA, 2011, 9min.)
See the full festival here: http://www.lapena.org/index.php?s=97&n=140