British actor Toby Jones has won much praise at Cannes for his portrayal of a king in Tale of Tales, a movie based on 17th century Italian folktales directed by Matteo Garrone.
At least one reviewer mentioned that he could even be a candidate for the festival’s top acting prize.
Tale of Tales is a film with potent visuals that include Salma Hayek eating the heart of a sea monster. But it deals with quite serious themes including parenthood.
Jones says the film shows how desire can be destructive, but it’s also a period fantasy that touches on a number of issues including plastic surgery.
The actor sat down with me to discuss the film more fully.