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- Christopher Campbell
A few days ago we brought you the trailer, and today we have a series of eye-opening images from Matteo Garrone's Cannes competitor Tale of Tales. The fantasy epic, cast with a collection of American, French and Italian stars, feels very much like a throwback to the international co-productions of the 1960's and 70's, not least because of its seemingly laid-back attitude towards gore and sexuality, a facet sadly lost in the big-screen fantasy of recent years (though doubtlessly reinvigorated by the success of certain television show...). In any case, what matters here is the film at hand, and boy does it look promising. Director Matteo Garrone has previously focused his lens on the corrosive effects of the Neapolitan mafia (Gomorrah) and of celebrity culture/reality TV...
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Ahead of its screening in competition at Cannes, a first trailer has arrived online for the surreal fantasy The Tale of Tales, which sees Gomorra helmer Matteo Garrone directing Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones and Vincent Cassel. Some of this should probably be considered Nsfw…
The Tale of Tales is currently without a UK or Us release date, but we’ll keep you updated.
- Gary Collinson
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Fairy tales have some of the most vivid imagery of monsters and magic and are certainly some of the most violent stories around. Why they are not crafted for an adult audience more often is beyond me. Terry Gilliam lives in this world comfortably for sure, but guys, this is something else entirely and I'm so excited about this film.
Tale of Tales comes from director Matteo Garrone's who's Gomorrah and Reality were incredibly well received. From that goodwill he's assembled a stellar cast to bring the work of Giambattista Basile to life.
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Fresh off a nomination for the Palme D’Or at this year’s upcoming Cannes film festival is Matteo Garrone’s The Tale of Tales, a fantasy based on 17th Century Italian fairy tales by Giambattista Basile. The director behind Gomorrah and Reality is taking a foray into the English language, and this first look at his latest suggests something much darker, strange, yet fantastical than his previous entries.
There’s no full synopsis just yet, but The Tale of Tales stars John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, and Toby Jones in a series of three stories, all done in a period setting, that intertwine. This French trailer announces its premiere July 1, but it’ll first play in Cannes followed by a release in Italy starting May 14. Watch it above, and consider it Nsfw:
The post Watch the disturbing, Nsfw trailer for Cannes ’15 entry ‘The Tale of Tales’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Brian Welk
Dead dragons, raw heart munching and John C Reilly in a big gold crown. Here's a first trailer for the fantasy movie, The Tale Of Tales...
Nb: The following trailer contains some images that could be considered Not Safe For Work.
Salma Hayek tucking into a gigantic raw heart at a long banquet table. Toby Jones in a wood-panelled bedroom, fondling a large creature that looks a bit like an elephant seal. These are just some of the extraordinary sequences you'll find in the extraordinary trailer for The Tale Of Tales.
Based on the collection of Italian fairytales of the same name, The Tale Of Tales is the latest feature from Matteo Garrone, best known, perhaps, for his unvarnished drama about Italian organised crime, Gomorra.
Also starring Vincent Cassel and John C Reilly, The Tale Of Tales looks like a full-blooded and surreal fantasy - akin, perhaps, to a cross »
The nearly dialogue-free teaser for Matteo Garrone’s The Tales of Tales pits provocative fairy tale images against the lovely Faure's "The Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50," suggesting a film of wonder and awe and abundant horrors. Instead of telling us anything about the tale, loosely based on Giambattista Basile’s 17th century collection of stories, the teaser presents a series of enigmatic, unrelated images both beautiful and brutal: blood-blotched organs and elegant gowns; Selma Hayek eating the heart of a felled beast; John C. Reilly gritting his teeth and smiling with his innards strew about; Toby Jones petting a weird, rhino-esque animal; and Vincent Cassel in the waning moments of a bacchanal. If Snow White and the Huntsman was too soft for you, this might do the trick. Garrone, best known stateside for his 2008 mafia movie Gomorra, has twice won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. The »
- Greg Cwik
French distributor Le Pacte has dropped a teaser for Cannes Film Festival competition entry Tale Of Tales. The movie is one of a trio in the section that hails from an Italian director. Reality and Gomorra helmer Matteo Garrone here turns his lens on a collection of 17th century fairy tales by Giambattista Basile. In English, though there’s virtually no dialogue in the trailer above, the film is a fantasy that stars Salma Hayek (digging with gusto into the bloody heart of… »
Shooting straight to the top of any self-respecting fantasy fan's must-watch list should be Matteo Garrone's (Gomorrah, Reality) latest, Tale Of Tales, which has just been announced as debuting in competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival. Brimming with kings & queens, monsters & magic, blood, gore and sex, The Tale Of Tales is a classic medieval fantasy that looks to out-crazy even the likes of John Boorman's Excalibur and Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits. With an all-star cast including John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones, Tale Of Tales is based on the writings of 17th Century Italian author Giambattista Basile, and judging by this slightly unsafe for work trailer, looks absolutely fantastic. Check it out for yourself....
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Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.
While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Some of Europe’s top directors have come together to issue a statement offering alternatives to the European Commission’s proposed Digital Single Market that could revolutionize — and decimate — the European film business. The likes of Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) and Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) have all signed a declaration, released during the Rome Rendez-Vouz, claiming they “want to redefine how… »
Now I Lay Me Down to Kill: Munzi’s Enjoyably Reserved Mafia Film
Premiering last fall at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, where it picked up a handful of prizes, Francesco Munzi’s third film, Black Souls, is a deliberately paced examination of familiar mafia standards. Based on a novel by Giacchino Criaco, it’s bound to be compared (and perhaps exist within the shadow of) Matteo Garrone’s highly celebrated 2008 feature, Gomorrah. But Munzi’s film is equally convincing, lending an austere sense of realism to what otherwise plays like a classic theatrical tragedy of three brothers at odds, locked in opposition and contention with the heavy baggage of their lineage. Light on dialogue and heavy on brooding characters marinating in their own mistrust or disdain of one another, it’s a successfully engaging film, but despite an enjoyably dire finale, isn’t as memorable as some modern comparative material. »
- Nicholas Bell
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
Il Sciocco: Pif’s Mafia Tinged Broad Comedy Revels in Pedestrian Frivolity
Apparently partially based on a true story, for whatever that statement is worth, The Mafia Only Kills in Summer, the directorial debut of Italian television personality Pierfrancesco Diliberto aka Pif, may certainly appeal to those who enjoy broadly comedic, romantically inclined narratives. Shamelessly simpleminded in scope, this mafia tinged, supposed black comedy never quite plumbs the dark depths of Italy’s underbelly as it seemingly thinks it does. In Italy, Pif is a satirical news personality, and has taken great pains to create a film without the help of Mafia protection taxes, and within the film’s credits, mentions its alliance with a movement whose mission statement publicly denounces the assistance of such illegal organizations. It’s these more obscure elements and revelations that lend Pif’s film a certain weightiness that its narrative never reaches.
Exploring a »
- Nicholas Bell
Sky's Italian crime drama Gomorrah is more than just another tale of gangsters. Michael takes a spoiler-free look at the first series...
Roberto Saviano was twenty-seven years old when everything changed. The Neapolitan journalist and philosophy graduate had spent much of his early and mid 20s investigating the Camorra, a Campania-based criminal organisation that rivals the Sicilian Mafia in terms of power, influence and brutality. In 2006, Saviano published his research in a book, Gomorra. It was an immediate global success. Translated into 51 languages, the book sold millions of copies in its first year alone. Saviano became a literary celebrity, attracting the support of writers, intellectuals and politicians, including a respectable handful of Nobel Prize laureates. He was nominated for literary prizes in languages he could not even speak. None of this is really why everything changed.
In the near-decade since his book’s publication, Saviano has been living in a »
The Tale of Tales
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. »
- Nicholas Bell
17 items from 2015
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