“The sheer, obstinate oddness of 'Tale of Tales' sends crowd-pleasers like 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Hobbit' scuttling into the shadows of the forest in terror. This is not kids' stuff. This is scary, solemn and not just a little silly.” Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Hailed as a masterpiece at Cannes 2015, Tale of Tales is a sumptuous, seductive and macabre retelling of Giambattista Basile’s classic Italian fairy tales by renowned director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Reality).
Comprising three wildly fantastical stories, including a queen who gives birth after eating a sea monster’s heart, an old peasant woman who finds youth after falling asleep in an enchanted forest and a proud king who raises a flea as his child, these are tales that your parents never dared tell you. Set in an epic landscape filled with a host of bizarre characters (played by a stunning ensemble cast of Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and Stacy Martin), this outlandish, grotesque and beguiling fantasy world is like nothing you’ve seen before.
Beautifully shot, with a spinetingling soundtrack by Oscarwinning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rust & Bone), Tale of Tales is a lavish production from the makers of HighRise and Sexy Beast. Deliciously dark, wickedly funny and outrageously entertaining, these adultonly fairy tales are a breathtaking work of cinematic escapism.