added: Tue, Jan 29th '13
Italian director Matteo Garrone delivered a searing look at modern-day mafias with his 2008 acclaimed gangster drama "Gomorrah." Now he's returned with a new film that is much less crime infused but just as unflinching in its attack on today's society. In "Reality," Garrone aims his lens at a freewheeling, fast-talking fishmonger (played by Aniello Arena) who becomes so deeply consumed with the idea of getting picked for Italy's version of the voyeuristic TV show "Big Brother" that his world begins to change for the worse.
Going by this just-released domestic trailer (posted above), the movie seems to be a dark satirical take on celebrity obsession told through the eyes of a man who's so corrupted with dreams of fame that his reality gets confused with his fantasies. "Reality" premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was shortly picked up by indie distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film is now set to open in New York on March 15th (other cities to follow).
From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone, REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show "Big Brother" leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano's own reality begins to spiral out of control, making for one of the most compelling tragicomic character studies since Scorsese's "The King of Comedy."
directed by Matteo Garrone
starring Aniello Arena
release date March 15, 2013 (NY)