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Opening Night: BORG VS MCENROE

  • AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD, 20910 United States (map)

Opening Night:

The feature narrative debut from Danish documentarian Janus Metz (ARMADILLO) chronicles the lead-up to the 1980 Wimbledon final between then four-time champ Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) of Sweden and rising American star John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf). Portrayed by the media as opposites, with Borg cast as the cold-blooded, hyper-disciplined machine versus McEnroe's fiery, temperamental young rebel, the two are revealed to have much more in common than their public personae allow. Metz examines the inner game of high-level sports, where an athlete's competition is as much with himself as with his opponent. Stellan Skarsgård shines as Borg's coach Lennart Bergelin. Opening Night selection, 2017 Toronto Film Festival. DIR Janus Metz; SCR Ronnie Sandahl; PROD Jon Nohrstedt, Fredrik Wikström. Sweden/Denmark/Finland, 2017, color, 107 min. In English, Swedish, French, German and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Opening Night: Fri, Dec. 1, 7:15 p.m. with post-screening reception
Also screening Sat, Dec. 2, 3:45 p.m.