It’s director Matteo Garrone’s first English-language movie and interweaves three separate story strands bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini will play a street circus family. In one tale Salma Hayek will play a jealous queen who forfeits her husband’s life. In another, Vincent Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters.
Sorcerers and fairies, fearsome monsters, ogres and old washerwomen, acrobats and courtesans are the protagonists of this loose interpretation of the celebrated tales of Giambattista Basile.
The cast also stars Toby Jones, John C Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Hayley Carmichael, Stacy Martin, Bebe Cave and Jessie Cave, with a screenplay from Garrone, plus Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti and Massimo Gaudioso.
Tale of Tales is released in the UK on July 1st.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size version:
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