Tony Manero is a film set in Chile’s capital city Santiago in 1978 – during the brutal dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.
Raul, the film’s central character, embodies many of the regime’s traits. He is gratuitously violent, macho, pitiless – and impotent.
He is also obsessed with Tony Manero, John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever.
Raul and a small group of other dancers put on regular performances recreating the film in a bar on Santiago’s outskirts.
His hopes of breaking into showbusiness are raised when a local TV station announces a Tony Manero lookalike contest.
But in the pursuit of his obsession Raul gets drawn into a series of murderous acts and betrayals.
directed by Pablo Larrain
film on general release