The movie is released in France on 22 November 2018. Watch trailer here
Based on a true event, the historical tennis match in September 20, 1973, Battle of the Sexes is released just in time as a moral support for fighters and believers in gender equality among the increasing allegations of sexual harassment around the world.
Frustrated with un equal pay for female tennis players and the general condescension of men towards women, 30-year-old Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) decided to start her own female tennis tournament. There were many obstacles that King faced, in the struggle to fight for an even playfield for women in tennis while discovering and learning about her own sexual orientation. The 55-year-old Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) , former Wimbledon champion and reek of male chauvinism, challenged King to play a tennis match with him, convinced that women can never beat men in tennis. The match was an exception but the scenario was not. On one side we have the hard working, respectable woman, and on the other, there’s a chauvinist, showboating man, eager to prove masculine superiority, a situation that still rings true in the world today.
While conveying a positive message, Battle of the Sexes is a solemn reminder that there are still shamefully unresolved problems in gender equality even 44 years later. Unequal pay, discrimination against homosexuality, unfair treatment in sports are only a few among the host of issues that the world needs to face and tackle to improve gender parity.
As usual, the superb acting of Oscar-winner Emma Stone and Oscar-nominated Steve Carell captured audience’s total attention, especially during the nail-biting match. And Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy gives us more than enough reasons to gasp throughout with everyday sexism casually falling out of almost every male character’s mouth (“It’s not your fault, it’s biology!”).
The French premium screening, organized by Twentieth Century Fox France of BATTLE OF THE SEXES with Emma Stone and Steve Carell took place on Tuesday, November 14 at the Publicis Elysées cinema in the presence of 350 distinguished guests invited by Women's Forum, Athletes & Partners, Tennis Magazine and Mediavision.
With the presence of the Minister of Sports Laura Flessel, the film turnt back time to the battle led by Billie Jean King in the 70s to fight for gender parity in tennis. Through this challenge, it is not only the recognition of women's sportsmanship as a whole that she has obtained but also the promotion of women’s voices.
On this occasion, a number of high level athletes, old and young, were present: Priscilla Gneto (Olympic Vice Champion of Judo), Gauthier Klauss (Olympic Champion of Canoe), Harold Corréa (Taekwendo), Charlotte Lembach ( France team Saber), Mansour Bahrami (former player), Nathalie Dechy (former player), Denis Naegelen (former player), Dominique Bedel (former player), but also Thomas Sotto, Margot Bancilhon, Francois Pesenti ...