I don’t know about you guys, but there sure has been a lot of comic book movie news around here lately. As the resident comic book geek around these parts, I ain’t complaining, but I do have a hankering for something different every once in a while. And it doesn’t get much more different than Tale of Tales, a visually resplendent dark fantasy film veteran Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone.
Tale of Tales is based on three stories found in Giambattista Basile’s Pentamerone, a collection of fairy tales originally published in Italy in the early 17th century. And it also sees Salma Hayek eating the massive raw heart of a giant salamander killed by John C. Reilly. See? I told you it was different!
And now you can watch a new trailer for it below!
And because I have an inkling that you still may not know exactly what the hell it was that you just watched, here’s a pretty lengthy synopsis for the film that breaks down its three intertwining stories.
We begin in the kingdom of Longtrellis, with a queen longing for a child of her own. When a mysterious figure arrives with a way for her to become pregnant, she immediately fulfills the requirements despite warnings of grave consequences. True to his word, she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son. But another young woman involved in the ritual become pregnant as well and the two boys become inseparable friends, much to the queen’s dismay. Her desire to keep them apart will have a dire impact on all of their lives.
Not far away in the kingdom of Strongcliff, the king is busy bedding as many of his female subjects as humanly possible, sometimes two at a time. Stumbling through the castle one morning, still shaking off the cobwebs of the previous night’s adventures, he hears a beautiful voice singing in the bright sun. Drawn to the siren song, he calls to her but she flees back into her home. Never one to back down from a challenge, he knocks at her door later that evening. But she’s devised a surprise for the unsuspecting king…
And finally, in the kingdom of Highhills, the king spends most of his time obsessed with a rather odd pet. Meanwhile his daughter, Princess Violet, grows restless to marry, but the king is not yet ready to part with her. His pet’s untimely death inspires the king to concoct a bizarre tournament for the hand of his daughter. Assuming his challenge to be unsolvable, the king feels smug as suitor after suitor is turned away. But one lowly citizen may have the specific skills to foil the king’s clever plan.
Tale of Tales has already been released in France, and there’s a planned July 1, 2016 release for the UK. Thus far there’s been no further international release dates set though.
Last Updated: April 12, 2016