Chile's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.
Santiago de Chile, 1978.
In the midst of the tough social context of Pinochets dictatorship, Raúl Peralta, a man in his fifties, ...展开is obsessed with the idea of impersonating Tony Manero, John Travoltas 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 films 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 idols 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 governments secret police.
Tony Manero is a story about loss of identity and obsession in the recent Chilean history