‘Borg/McEn­roe’ to open Toronto film fes­ti­val

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

A biopic star­ring Shia LaBeouf as ten­nis great John McEn­roe will open the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Or­ga­niz­ers made the an­nounce­ment on Mon­day, not­ing this will be the world pre­miere of “Borg/McEn­roe.’’

The film tells the story of the epic ri­valry be­tween the Amer­i­can ten­nis star and Swe­den’s Bjorn Borg, which came to a head at Wim­ble­don in 1980.

Swedish ac­tor Sver­rir Gud­na­son plays Borg.

Janus Metz di­rected and Ron­nie San­dahl wrote the film, which will be the open­ing night gala on Sept. 7.

Last week TIFF un­veiled the first slate of films for the 42nd an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of cin­ema, which runs through Sept. 17.

The lineup in­cludes another ten­nis biopic — “Bat­tle Of The Sexes,’’ star­ring Steve Carell and Emma Stone in a story in­spired by the 1973 ten­nis match be­tween Bil­lie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Other films headed to the fest in­clude Ge­orge Clooney’s “Subur­bicon,’’ An­gelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,’’ and the Trag­i­cally Hip doc­u­men­tary “Long Time Run­ning.’’

“‘Borg/McEn­roe’ has a pow­er­ful ten­sion about it that is on par with the elec­tric en­ergy of Toronto on open­ing night,’’ Piers Han­dling, di­rec­tor and CEO of TIFF, said in a state­ment.

“The story of this nail-biter matchup changed the sport of ten­nis for­ever, and the out­stand­ing per­for­mances from LaBeouf and Gud­na­son will be a spec­tac­u­lar way for fes­ti­val­go­ers to kick things off.’’

“Au­di­ences are in for one hell of a show­down,’’ added Cameron Bai­ley, artis­tic di­rec­tor of TIFF.

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Ac­tors Shia LaBeouf, left, and Sver­rir Gud­na­son are shown in a scene from the film “Borg/McEn­roe.” The biopic will open the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Or­ga­niz­ers made the an­nounce­ment on Mon­day, not­ing this will be the world pre­miere.

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