Tales of Tales: Interview with Toby Jones and director Matteo Garrone

    Author Zoe Aresti

Tale of Tales is in cinemas on Friday and to preview the release, MyMovies caught up with actor Toby Jones and director, Matteo Garrone, to hear about shooting the film.

Telling the story of sea monsters, monarchs, ogres, and sorcerers, Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in the 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.

Watch the interview below ahead of Friday's release.