'Tale of Tales' not classic fantasy story: director

Fri Jun 3, 2016 11:09am EDT
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With a queen eating the heart of a sea monster in order to become pregnant and an elderly peasant paying to be flayed to become young and beautiful again, "Tale of Tales" is not the usual fantasy fairytale film cinema audience may be used to.

Italian director Matteo Garrone, who took inspiration for the film from the 17th century stories by Neapolitan writer Giambattista Basile, said he did not set out to make a typical morality tale when making the movie starring Salma Hayek.

"It's not like the classic tales with the morality at the end," he told Reuters in an interview. "You can learn something from the consequences of the (character's) choice, so it's like they are anti-heroes in a way."

Director Matteo Garrone arrives for the UK Premiere of "Tale of Tales" at a cinema in London, Britain June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez