Sarah PENNACCHI (Tico Film), Gino PENNACCHI (Tico film)
Like the title says, the story of Tony Vilar is half real, and half legend. Historically, he is a real-life singing star who was born in Calabria, Italy, moved to Argentina as a child and became one of the most successful South American singers of the 1960′s. At the height of his career Tony Vilar mysteriously disappeared. But a legend grew up around the disappearance, and director Gagliardi takes on that legend with a musical tale about fictional Calabrian singer Peppe Voltarelli, who has always venerated the myth of Tony Vilar. Setting out to learn what has become of the former crooner, Peppe’s journey leads him from Italy to Buenos Aires and finally New York. The True Legend of Tony Vilar ably confuses documentary and fiction with this tongue-in-cheek, mockumentary-style spoof, enlivened by a broad cast of improbable characters. A whimsical road trip film that will finally unveil the mystery of Tony Vilar.