Previously at the ICA - Films
22 Mar 2013 – 4 Apr 2013
In the long-awaited follow-up to his searing Gomorrah, director Matteo Garrone again takes Naples as his setting – and like Gomorrah, Reality won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. This forceful depiction of reality TV shows and their social consequences is built around a larger-than-life Neapolitan fishmonger (Aniello Arena on fine, bustling form) whose dream is to appear in a popular series. The film chronicles the tragi-comic consequences of his efforts to realise this dream on him, his business and his family. The Fellini-esque visual sweep of Garrone’s direction – particularly the opening sequence – and Raffaele Ferrante’s portrayal of low-culture instant celebrity are especially effective in slyly establishing the ridiculousness of the subject matter.
Dir. Matteo Garrone, Italy/France 2012, 115 mins, cert. 15