Matteo Garrone: Tale of Tales
Matteo Garrone is one of the most important contemporary Italian filmmakers. Born in Rome, Garrone won his first prize with the short film Silhouette in 1996, which became one of the three episodes that are on his first long film Terra di mezzo in 1997.
In 2008 for Gomorrah he was awarded the Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival, Best Director at European Film Awards, and the David di Donatello Awards. His next film, Reality, won the Grand Prix at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Garrone's feature film include: Terra di mezzo, 1996; Guests (Ospiti), 1998; Roman Summer (Estate Romana), 2000; The Embalmer (L'Imbalsamatore), 2002; First Love (Primo Amore), 2003; Gomorrah, 2008; Reality, 2012; Tale of Tales (Il Racconto dei Racconti), 2015.
Tale of Tales is a film based on the folk myths collected and published by the 16th-century Neapolitan poet and scholar Giambattista Basile. The film incorporates four overlapping stories in a kingdom and is Garrone's first English language feature starring Vincent Cassel, Salma Hayek, and John C. Reilly.
"It is gloriously mad, rigorously imagined, visually wonderful: erotic, hilarious and internally consistent. The sort of film, in fact, which is the whole point of Cannes. It immerses you in a complete created world.… Nothing in Garrone's previous films Gomorrah and Reality prepared me for this adventure, although those movies were themselves galleries of grotesques, themselves scarcely believable. Tale of Tales is a treat!" ~ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, May 13