Post-screening conversation with Billie Jean King
T1, Theater 1
*Battle of the Sexes*. 2017. USA. Directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Battle of the Sexes. 2017. USA. Directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. DCP. 121 min.

“The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs was a turning point in the politics of their game. Battle of the Sexes is a rousing re-creation of that moment, featuring winning performances from leads Emma Stone and Steve Carell and directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton (Little Miss Sunshine). King (Stone) is a champion athlete and an outspoken feminist in her professional life, but her personal life is a struggle. Her marriage is failing. Her closeted sexuality feels like a distraction. Outraged that the National Tennis League won't allow equal pay for men and women, King founds her own tour with Gladys Heldman (Sarah Silverman) as manager. Riggs (Carell) is decades removed from his last championship. Facing dwindling finances and desperate to win back his ex-wife, he proposes a publicity-snaring challenge: a $100,000 winner-take-all match” (Toronto International Film Festival screening notes). Courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

This film accompanies The Contenders 2017.