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- Sasha Stone
One thing I love, that is apparent from this wave announcement, is that Fantastic Fest not only celebrates new genre cinema but relishes in repertory genre cinema! We have some awesome martial arts films and a 35mm screening of Evilspeak to coincide with Kier-La Jannise & Paul Corupe’s Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980’s. We are also getting the new horror anthology from V/H/S alumni (Producer Roxanne Benjamin, director David Bruckner and directing team Radio Silence) with Southbound! Read on fiends, read on.
Fantastic Fest announces its final wave of highly anticipated features and epic events for the annual celebration of all things genre. With signature smackdown Fantastic Debates and Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, this year’s Fantastic Fest promises more thrills than ever before as it rages through Austin from September 24 – October 1st. Joining Fantastic Fest for the first time, Charlie Kaufman »
- Andy Triefenbach
As if the previously announced first and second waves of programming for the 2015 Fantastic Fest film Festival (running from September 24th-October 1st) in Austin, TX weren’t enough to make your heads explode (Kurt Russell, Refn, The Invitation..I could go on and on), the fest’s final wave of film and event programming has officially hit, and it sees everything from even more impressive films to the return of the fan-favorite Fantastic Debates, which pits two opposing people in a film debate and culminates with both individuals pounding each other’s face with the fists afterwards. Read on for the complete press release, along with a rundown on each newly announced film additions!
“Joining Fantastic Fest for the first time, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson will be in attendance to share their wildly inventive world of stop motion animation Anomalisa, Cannes Grand Prix winner Son Of Saul is screening in glorious 35mm, »
- Jerry Smith
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 9, 2015 – Fantastic Fest announces its final wave of highly anticipated features and epic events for the annual celebration of all things genre. With signature smackdown Fantastic Debates and Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, this year’s Fantastic Fest promises more thrills than ever before as it rages through Austin from September 24 – October 1st. Joining Fantastic Fest for the first time, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson will be in attendance to share their wildly inventive world of stop motion animation Anomalisa, Cannes Grand Prix winner Son Of Saul is screening in glorious 35mm, the stunning adult fairytale from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone Tale Of Tales will unfurl, Jerusalem Film Festival’s top prize winner Tikkun, and we welcome the World Premiere of the action-thriller Camino with Zoe Bell and Fantastic Fest veteran / mayor Nacho Vigalondo as a religious psychopath — a prospect that should fill »
- Jeff Bayer
The final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 has finally been announced and it features a crop of festival darlings along with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s highly anticipated stop-motion animation film Anomalisa. The Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul joins the list as well as the new film from director Matteo Garrone, Tale of Tales. PopOptiq will be present once again this year so be sure to check out our coverage in the upcoming weeks. Check out the full list below.
United States, 2015
Regional Premiere, 90 min
Charlie Kaufman’s newest story, a revolutionary and emotional stop-motion animation, follows an unhappy customer service guru looking for an escape from the monotony of his life.
Us Premiere, 104 min
Director – Hou Hsiao-hsien
After failing to dispatch a corrupt government official, an assassin is disciplined by her master with a mission to »
Since taking the reins at Locarno in 2013 artistic director Carlo Chatrian has been gradually raising the bar while aiming to “strike a balance in the competition between directors who need this platform for recognition and those who have already attained it,” says 43-year-old soft-spoken Italian film critic, now at his third edition.
This year he’s assembled a meticulously modulated mix across all sections. It ranges from the world premiere of Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash,” toplining Meryl Streep as an ageing rock star, and new works by acclaimed auteurs including Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsagari, and Hong Sang-soo, to potential discoveries such as Iranian film “Paradise,” a first work by Sina Ataeian, that provides a rare non-naturalistic glimpse on contemporary Iran and is produced by Jafar Panahi’s brother, Yousef Panahi.
For the competition Chatrian has secured 14 world preems, including new pics by name auteurs such as »
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Competition trio among UK distributor’s haul.
Curzon Artificial Eye has rounded out its Cannes acquisitions with Competition entries Tale of Tales, Our Little Sister and Chronic as well as pre-buys of scripts from Palme d’Or-winning directors Cristian Mungiu and the Dardenne brothers.
Rights for all five films are for distribution in UK and Eire.
Matteo Garrone’s (Gomorrah) English-language debut Tale of Tales charts three of Giambattista Basile’s evocative Renaissance fairy tales with a cast including Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C. Reilly. The deal was negotiated with HanWay.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
A live action movie adaptation of Boom! Studios' supernatural comic book series, Lumberjanes, is in the works. We also have details on Tale of Tales being acquired for U.S. distribution and a look at Fright Rags' T-shirt depiction of the Doof Warrior.
Lumberjanes Movie: According to TheWrap, Will Widger (who wrote the Black List screenplay, The Munchkin) is lined up to pen a live action feature film adaptation of the Lumberjanes comic book series for 20th Century Fox.
Producing the project are Boom! Studios' Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, with Adam Yoelin co-producing. The folks at 20th Century Fox have reportedly put the Lumberjanes film near the top of their priority list, so we could see this project move rather quickly along the path to the big screen.
A Boom! Studios comic book series that debuted last year, Lumberjanes has propelled past its original eight-part planned run, with its »
- Derek Anderson
Salma Hayek rarely picks up her cell phone when the number is unlisted. But one day she did so while driving around Los Angeles, and the man on the other end was Italian director Matteo Garrone. Having been introduced to modern Italian cinema by her friend Valeria Golina, Hayek was flabbergasted. Garrone’s films Gomorrah and Reality were two of her favorite recent pictures. Not only that, but Garrone was offering her the role in a period film bringing to life the tales of 17th century Neapolitan scribe Giambattista Basile. She would play the role of a Spanish queen, the film would […] »
- Ariston Anderson
The last of the three competing Italian films for the Palme d’Or, unlike 2008 where Garrone’s Gomorrah edged out Sorrentino’s Il Divo, here, solely going by grade average, it is Youth that is edging Tale of Tales. His seventh feature film, a Toni Servillo-less second English language film and fifth to appear In Comp at Cannes, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda in what appears to be a nice companion piece to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. Our Nicholas Bell describes the filmmaker’s touch as “less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.” Previously the filmmaker first shored up in Cannes with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2006’s Friend of the Family and who can forget career belly-flop in 2011’s This Must Be the Place.
- Eric Lavallee
Italian director Matteo Garrone is no stranger to Cannes. He picked up the Grand Prix twice for his previous films Gomorrah (2008), exploring the Camorra mafia, and Reality (2012), about society’s obsession with reality TV. With his third film in competition, Garrone has once again completely switched gears, debuting his first period piece and his first film shot in English, Tale of Tales. Based on the fairytales of Giambattista Basile, the film has been the buzz of Cannes with its rich storytelling, outstanding performances, and lush cinematography. Going back to the raw and oftentimes brutal storytelling of early fairytales (Basile’s […] »
- Ariston Anderson
★★★★☆ Once upon a time, fairytales were folk tales. Then they became children's stories, were made into Disney cartoons and now star Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron. Into the woods (and in competition at the Cannes Film Festival) strides Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales (2015), an anthology of 17th century folk tales by Giambattista Basile told with a verve and commitment to the strange. Best known for his neo-neo-realism with such films as the Naples based gangland drama Gomorrah (which showed in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in 2008) and Reality, which showed in competition in 2012, Tale of Tales is Garrone's first feature in English, but in a way the film is in an older language.
- CineVue UK
Matteo Garrone is one of the most talented directors working today who American audience have never seen or heard of. His 2008 feature, “Gomorra,” a look at Italy’s crime families, won the jury prize in Cannes that year. His next feature, “Reality,” about a man obsessed with becoming a reality television star, won the jury prize in Cannes in 2012. His new film, “Tale of Tales,” his first film shot in English, is screening in competition and is one of the most talked-about at the festival. It is a sharp departure from his previous, contemporary stories, a visually stunning set of. »
- Sharon Waxman
Italian director Matteo Garrone, best known for Gomorrah, describes his first English-language film as "a very ambitious project with a group of extraordinary actors." Indeed, the all-star international cast of Tale of Tales includes Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly and Toby Jones. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival, his Medieval imagery is as complex as the characters, recounted in a habitual fairy tale narrative yet remaining loyal to his dense style. It is a beautifully grotesque film, a visually rich fable with three female-dominated tableaux, all intertwined in the common thread of love and death. [caption id="attachment_459563" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Cannes[/caption] In the first segment, a queen (Salma Hayek) desperately wants a child. A necromancer tells the couple that the queen must eat the heart of an aquatic creature cooked by a maiden; if she eats it all, it will impregnate her. Despite his warning that with every new life comes a death, »
- Talia Soghomonian
Matteo Garrone’s English language debut – a portmanteau film based on the writings of a 17th-century Neopolitan scholar – is hit of the festival so far, as cast members reveal most revolting aspects of the shoot
Related: Tale of Tales review: monarch of the gran
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- Henry Barnes
Italian director Matteo Garrone first came to Cannes in 2002 with his dark drama “The Embalmer,” which screened in Directors’ Fortnight. He then graduated to competition, scooping nods with gritty crimer “Gomorra” in 2008 and “Reality” in 2012. Now Garrone is back on the Croisette with “The Tale of Tales,” a bold English-language horror/fantasy toplining Salma Hayek – as a Spanish queen who eats a raw dragon’s heart – Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly, which premieres on Thursday night..
Your film is based on stories from a collection of fairy tales by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile, containing the earliest versions of famous fables like “Rapunzel,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.” What drew you to the material?
The beauty of the characters, their visual richness, the originality of the stories. Basile depicted a world that mixes reality and fantasy, comedy and tragedy, the sublime and the scatological. It’s familiar to me. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Cannes — Once upon a time there were fairy tales that were strange and horrific. Fairy tales that were meant to entertain and to enlighten. Fairy tales that weren't just meant for young children. Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone takes you back to that time with "Tale of Tales," his loose adaptation of Giambattista Basile's "The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones," which screened Wednesday night at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The result is a slightly bumpy two hours of storytelling, but it's peppered with wonder and unexpected humor. Best known for his critically acclaimed thriller "Gomorrah," Garrone has fashioned a lose narrative around three nearby kingdoms in Basile's tales. The main story, if there is one, centers on a distraught, barren Queen (Salma Hayek) who's husband, the King of Longtrellis (John C. Reilly), makes a deal with a mysterious charlatan (Franco Pistoni) in order to get her pregnant. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Il Racconto dei Racconti (Tale of Tales)
Directed by Matteo Garrone
Italy & UK, 2015
The temptation of making it big internationally must have been too strong for Matteo Garrone to resist and two films later, the filmmaker who charmed Cannes with the Neapolitan lilt of Gomorra is back in competition with an incongruous fairy-tale offering teeming with midgets, unidentified beasts and an ogre.
Based on the fairy tales of Giambattista Basile, the seventeenth-century inventor of Cinderella, “The Tale” recounts the regal travails of three grotesque feudal lords in medieval Italy, speaking in various accents of English as you do when you are a medieval Italian feudal lord. Garrone’s production, no doubt betting on the international cachet of some of the cast such as Selma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly, goes the magical surrealism route, throwing in some beautiful princesses and misshapen old hags, »
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