Every Friday, Fandor’s curators serve up a newly available film worthy of special attention. This week’s Featured Release is Reality directed by Matteo Garrone.
“Poignant, potent, and heartfelt, Reality is an incisive character study that shines a light on how TV and the allure of money and fame can distort our perception of ourselves and those around us.” – Will McCord, Paste Magazine
How far would you go to be on a reality television show? Gregarious Neopolitan fishmonger Luciano is so consumed by his desire to be a contestant on the Italian reality show “Grande Fratello” that he tragically succumbs to delusions and paranoia in Matteo Garrone’s Reality, a bizarro farce that hilariously skewers society’s obsession with fame. Playing like the opposite of The Truman Show and oft-compared to Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, Reality is as keen and entertaining a reflection on today’s media-obsessed culture as you’ll find. Take a moment to watch the trailer for our Featured Release this week, winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes in 2012, and add it to your queue.
On Keyframe, Steven Jenkins discusses the career of Matteo Garrone and his knack for capturing and critiquing Italian culture, calling him “contemporary Italian cinema’s alternately outraged and bemused moralizer.” More on that here:
Grande Fratello Is Watching You (February 14, 2014)