TALE OF TALES (IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI)
Matteo Garrone's TALE OF TALES is a collection of three ancient Italian fairy tales, all intertwined and illustrated with a blazing cinematic style that brings these unusual stories to the screen for the first time. A flea grown to enormous size, a king who fights a sea serpent for fertility, an old woman who seduces an oligarch, magical twins, a princess won by an ogre and many things in between all make appearances in this magical film. Garrone returns to AFI FEST for a third time (GOMORRAH, AFI FEST 2008, and REALITY, AFI FEST 2012), here with a star–studded international cast set against the backdrop of some of Italy's most incredible castles and natural wonders. — Lane Kneedler
Matteo Garrone was born in Rome in 1968. Starting in 1997 with his directorial feature debut, LAND IN BETWEEN, his films have been lauded on the international festival circuit, including GOMORRAH (Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2008), REALITY (Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2012), and this year’s TALE OF TALES, nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.