Magazine article Screen International

How to Lock Down a Lead

Magazine article Screen International

How to Lock Down a Lead

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Matteo Garrone talks about his latest feature Reality which is screening today (friday 18) in competition at Cannes.

"After Gomorrah I wanted a new challenge," says Matteo Garrone about his competition entry Reality. The 2008 Cannes Grand Prix du Jury winner certainly gave himself one, choosing a comedy and a lead actor who is serving a 20-year jail sentence.Reality follows a Neapolitan fishmonger who is pressured into trying out for Big Brother but in chasing his moment of fame begins to lose his grip on reality.Garrone describes the film as a modern fairytale but also a bitter comedy."I was inspired by a true story but added to it with material I had already been working on," he says. "However the storyline is only a metaphor for a wider issue. Big Brother is merely an El Dorado. In Visconti's Bellissima from 1951 the cinema was the El Dorado. Today it is TV."In many ways Reality could be construed as a very Italian story: "Everyone knows how powerful the relationship is between TV and Italians. But this is a universal story", reassures the director."This is a more difficult movie for me than Gomorrah," he admits. "During the shoot I was constantly striving for that delicate balance between dream and reality. …

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