Tale of Tales Trailer (2016)


Trailer for Tale of Tales, which has been picked up by IFC Films for theatrical release.

Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres, and sorcerers: Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in this breathtaking Baroque fantasy from the visionary director of Gomorrah. Based on three spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the (mis)adventures of three kings: in the kingdom of Darkwood, the King (Reilly) and his Queen (Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means; meanwhile, in Highhills, the none-too-bright monarch (Toby Jones) marries off his daughter to brutal ogre while developing a strange obsession with breeding a giant flea; and, the sex-obsessed crown of Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel) is in for a shock when the woman he falls in love with is not quite what she seems. Overflowing with surreal, dazzling surprises, this intoxicating cinematic spectacle is a delirious excursion into the dark heart of fairy tales.

Tale of Tales is literally a tale of multiple tales. The film is based on the Pentamerone, a collection of fairy tales by the Italian poet Giambattista Basile. These fantastical tales have existed since the 17th century.

If you're telling the story of Grimm-worthy tales, the settings have to be just right. The production of the film took place all over Italy, including Naples and Sicily's Donnafugata Castle. Even with the exotic locations, the film's budget was only $14.5 million; a number that has us scratching our heads...

How did they afford to pay any of the film's (impressive) castmembers?

The only thing more confusing is why it took so long for IFC Films to acquire the film for domestic distribution. With strong reviews and a great cast, this film's theatrical release feels like a no-brainer.

Tale of Tales Trailer Screencap

Salma Hayek looking ageless, John C. Reilly having fun as a king, and Vincent Cassel rocking flowing locks? I'm sold.

All kidding aside, the Tale of Tales trailer is definitely confident, as IFC Films pitches their story involving fantasy, romance and a touch of horror. Considering that the film's budget was limited, one has to be impressed by the cinematography and visuals. Besides one shot of Toby Jones in too much natural light, the film looks expensively crafted; even the CG visuals look beyond TV-quality.

When it comes to the fairy tales to be told in Tale of Tales, the trailer doesn't exactly specify but rather gives a compilation of footage hoping the mixture of fantastic elements will be enough to entice moviegoers to discover the fairy tales that their parents never told them.

As interested as I am in this project, I can't help but wonder if the film would have fared better with something like Netflix or Amazon distribution. The cast is enough to turn heads and draw interest, but the fantasy-genre-bender category as been hit or miss on getting people to theaters.

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Posted On
March 22, 2016
Matteo Garrone

Giambattista Basile

IFC Films

April 22, 2016
Salma Hayek
Vincent Cassel
John C. Reilly
Toby Jones
Shirley Henderson
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