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Borg/McEnroe takes centre court at TIFF 2017

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A tennis rivalry that reached its climax at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships serves as the Opening Night Gala film at the 42nd Toronto International Film.  Borg/McEnroe is an English, Swedish and French production directed by Janus Metz and starring Sverrir Gudnason as the calm Björn Borg and Shia LaBeouf as the brash John McEnroe.

“Janus Metz’s Armadillo is a gripping war documentary that took home the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes. Amazingly, Metz brings that same urgent tension to Borg/McEnroe,” stated TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey in a press release.  “The on-court scenes have the dynamism of a street battle, and the drama peels back layers from what we know about both players. This was more than a simple conflict pitting an icy European against an impulsive American. Audiences are in for one hell of a showdown.”

The World Premiere of Borg/McEnroe takes place at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7th.  The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017 and for more information visit tiff.net.

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