BORG/McENROE
SOME STARS SHINE FOREVER

OPENING FILM TIFF 2017

Borg/McEnroe is a film of one of the world’s greatest icons Björn Borg and his biggest rival, the young and talented John McEnroe and their legendary duel during the 1980’s Wimbledon tournament. It's a story of two men that became legends and the price they had to pay.

Wimbledon, 1980. The rainiest summer in decades. The world is waiting to see the number one tennis player in the world, Björn Borg, claim his fifth Wimbledon title. But few know of the drama behind the scenes: at only 24, Borg is close to the end - run-down, worn out and ridden with anxiety. Meanwhile, the challenger John McEnroe, 20, has decided to replace his former hero on the Wimbledon throne.

Borg/McEnroe is a story about the price of success. How the world’s two best tennis players, already in their early twenties, are imprisoned by their own careers. Two athletes constantly reduced to each other’s opposites by a commercialized tennis industry: the cartoonish ”lce Borg” and ”Superbrat”. Two rivals who, during Wimbledon 1980, are forced to realize that the only person capable of understanding what they are going through is their worst enemy.

The film stars Swedish award winning actor Sverrir Gudnason as Borg, American actor Shia LaBeouf as his tennis court rival, John McEnroe. As Borg’s trainer, the legendary Lennart Bergelin, Swedish acclaimed actor Stellan Skarsgård returns for a major part in a Swedish film for the first time in almost ten years.

Borg/McEnroe is directed by the multiple international award-winning Danish director Janus Metz (True Detective, Armadillo) and is penned by Ronnie Sandahl (writer and director of the internationally award-winning Swedish film Underdog (Svenskjävel, 2015).

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Genre: Drama
Original Title: BORG
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish
Duration: 100 min

Director: Janus Metz
Producer: Jon Nohrstedt, Fredrik Wikström Nicastro
Cast: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny
Script: Ronnie Sandahl
Production Designer: Louise Drake
Make-up Artist: Anders Bratås, Anna-Carin Lock
Composer: Jonas Struck