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The Battle of the Sexes

The Battle of the Sexes

Synopsis

Director

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the "Battle of the Sexes" and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.

As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Jonathan Dayton (b. 1957) and Valerie Faris (b. 1958) are a team of American film and music video directors, and also husband and wife, that received critical acclaim for their feature film directorial debut, "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Later the couple went on to direct the 2012 romantic comedy-drama "Ruby Sparks", and the 2017 biographical comedy-drama sports film "Battle of the Sexes", which were also met with a positive critical consensus.

Filmography

  • Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton: Belinda (doc, 1986)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • Ruby Sparks (2012)
  • Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Schedule

19.11.2017
17:30 - 19:31
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 030101
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26.11.2017
18:15 - 20:16
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 100802
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03.12.2017
19:30 - 21:31
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 170801
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Estonian Olympic Committee Presents
Panorama

Film info

Country: United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 121 minutes
Language: English
Directors: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton
Producers: Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Robert Graf
Writer: Simon Beaufoy
DOP: Linus Sandgren
Montage: Pamela Martin
Composer: Nicholas Britell
Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming
Production: Cloud Eight Films
Distributor: Hea Film
Festivals: Telluride, Toronto, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Stockholm

Synopsis

Director

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the "Battle of the Sexes" and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.

As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Jonathan Dayton (b. 1957) and Valerie Faris (b. 1958) are a team of American film and music video directors, and also husband and wife, that received critical acclaim for their feature film directorial debut, "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Later the couple went on to direct the 2012 romantic comedy-drama "Ruby Sparks", and the 2017 biographical comedy-drama sports film "Battle of the Sexes", which were also met with a positive critical consensus.

Filmography

  • Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton: Belinda (doc, 1986)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • Ruby Sparks (2012)
  • Battle of the Sexes (2017)