Cannes: Salma Hayek’s ‘Tale of Tales’ Bought by IFC for U.S.

IFC Films has bought U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s fantasy story “Tale of Tales,” starring Salma Hayek.

Tale of Tales,” Garrone’s first English-language film, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a strong review, calling it a “lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation.”

“Tales” also stars Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. Producers are Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone.

The film is inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile, centering on the rulers of three neighboring kingdoms put to the test when magic enters the picture. Hayek plays a happy queen who is living unhappily until an ominous figure offers a dangerous bargain.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Thorsten Schumacher at Hanway Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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