The Tale of Tales
Director: Matteo Garrone // Writers: Matteo Garrone, Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Guadioso
Italian director Matteo Garrone reached international renown in 2008 with Gomorrah, which took home the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. However, it was actually Garrone’s sixth feature, a director who started making films only slightly before fellow countryman Paolo Sorrentino, and Garrone’s 2002 title The Embalmer played in the Director’s Fortnight, and he’s made appearances in Venice (Roman Summer, 2000) and Berlin (First Love, 2004) as well. After the success of Gomorra, Garrone’s next film, Reality, would also score the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2012. While 2015 will see the second English language feature film from Sorrentino, Garrone makes his English language debut with The Tale of Tales, a film that will be a giant fresco of the Baroque period, based on “Tale of Tales” by Giambattista Basile, the famous author of Neapolitan tales from the 17th century. The diverse cast includes Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, and John C. Reilly and will be scored by Alexandre Desplat, with Cronenberg’s regular DoP Peter Sushitzky also involved.
Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Alba Rohrwacher, Stacy Martin, Toby Jones
Producers: Archimede, Le Pacte, Recorded Picture’s Jeremy Thomas, Rai Cinema
U.S. Distributor: Rights available.
Release Date: After winning the Grand Jury prize for his last two features, expect to see Garrone in the Cannes Main Comp lineup.