IFC had a productive Cannes this year, scooping up hot titles including “Disorder” and “A Perfect Day” out of the festival’s sidebars, along with Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan.” Now they’ve picked up US rights to one of the last of the sought-after English-language films with name elements in an overheated seller’s market.
That’s because Italian Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut “Tale of Tales” did not play well out of the Competition. The cast includes Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher.
Reilly and Hayek play the king and queen of a small kingdom in a fairytale land far far away. There are rock canyons a lot like the world of Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings,” and mossy deep forests for the likes of hunter kings (randy Vincent Cassel is one here) and crazy oversized beasts (of the deep, of the canyons, of the forest, and another king’s pet flea). How many kings rule one kingdom? This question is never answered. This fantasy fable is a terrible misfire for Garrone, who is heading more in the direction of his last film “Reality” than his more naturalistic Cannes hit “Gomorrah.” The accents, predictably, are all over the place.
Release date forthcoming. The film was produced by Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie and Garrone, from a screenplay by Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone, and executive produced by Alessio Lazzareschi, Peter Watson, Nicki Hattingh, Anne Sheehan and Sheryl Crown.