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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

I, Tonya (2018 Feature Film)

Craig GILLESPIE | USA | 2017 | color | DCP | 119' | English | d.s.

Tragicomic biographical drama about the rapid rise and mediagenic demise of the American figure skater Tonya Harding. Talent and perseverance lead her to reach the absolute top, but was it the bizarre attack on her teammate and rival that really made Tonya world-famous and notorious? How could things get that far?

The talented American figure skater Tonya Harding hopes to win a gold medal during the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. It is however an event of a completely different order that really puts her in the spotlight. When her rival Nancy Kerrigan is attacked and injured, fingers are soon pointed at Harding and her shady friends. 

In this tragicomic biographical drama, we see a telling picture of a talented sportswoman who had always been at a disadvantage since her childhood. Her roots in lower-class America, her hard-as-nails mother and her own sharp tongue make her a strange figure on the ice. 

The Australian Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, 2007) elects for a framework within which characters look back on the striking events in documentary-like interviews. That provides authentic-looking scenes. The vicissitudes of these larger-than-life characters, performed by an excellent cast, are aptly accompanied by a memorable soundtrack that includes music by Doris Day, Fleetwood Mac, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. 

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Margot Robbie) and Best Achievement in Film Editing. Winner Academy Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Allison Janney). Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Allison Janney).

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 18:30

Duration: 1:33

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 21:30

Duration: 1:33

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 16:00

Duration: 1:33

Year in Festival
Nicolas Karakatsanis
Margot Robbie
Sebastian Stan
Julianne Nicholson
Paul Walter Hauser
Bobby Cannavale
Allison Janney
Tatiana S. Riegel
Peter Nashel
Bryan Unkeless
Steven Rogers
Margot Robbie
Tom Ackerley
Production Company
Clubhouse Pictures
LuckyChap Entertainment
Production Design
Jade Healy
Sierra / Affinity
Steven Rogers
Sound Design
Dave Paterson
Year of Production

Craig GILLESPIE (1967, Australia) was born in Sydney. He moved to New York at the age of 19, where he attended the School of Visual Arts. He started his career in advertising, mostly by directing commercials. In 2007, he made his feature film debut with Mr. Woodcock (2007), and had his breakthrough with the comedy Lars and the Real Girl (2007). His film I, Tonya (2017), about figure skater Tonya Harding, premiered at the Toronto film festival in 2017.


Mr. Woodcock (2007), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), Fright Night (2011), Million Dollar Arm (2014), The Finest Hours (2016) I, Tonya (2017)