Pinocchio

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  • Starring: Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Rocco Papaleo, Massimo Ceccherini
  • Director: Matteo Garrone
  • Writer: Carlo Collodi (novel)
  • Running Time: 124 minutes
  • Certificate: PG - Scary scenes, mild violence
  • Language: Italian
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy
  • Country: Italy

Screenings are in Italian with English subtitles


"Garrone's adaptation may be episodic in nature and lacking a dramatic throughline, but its rich imagery and loyalty to the original must rank it as the definitive screen version of the classic tale."
★★★★
- Steve Morrissey, Radio Times

"Garrone's film is rather like the restoration of a famous painting."
★★★★
- Tom Shone, The Sunday Times

"It results in a film that is moving, tender and sumptuous, but bears a sticky queasiness that some may find unbearable."
★★★★
- Adam White, The Independent

"The source material is a neat fit for the Italian film-maker, who traversed similarly episodic fairytale terrain with 2015's Tale of Tales."
★★★★
- Simran Hans, The Observer

"A lovingly made take on Pinocchio, in thrall to goodness and kindness, with beautiful creature creations and eccentric humour. It lacks a little weight, but it brings big smiles."
★★★★
- Alex Godfrey, Empire

"Pinocchio is a thoroughly bizarre story; Garrone makes of it a weirdly satisfying spectacle."
★★★★
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Pinocchio tells the tale of an old woodcarver named Gepetto (Roberto Benigni) who creates a puppet, which then magically comes to life. Gepetto names him Pinocchio (Federico Ielapi) and brings him up as his son. Pinocchio however finds it hard to be good and is easily led astray. He ends up stumbling from one misadventure to another - whether in the belly of a giant fish, in the Land of Toys or in the Field of Miracles. It is up to his loyal friend the Fairy (Marine Vacth) to help him see that his dream of becoming a real boy is only possible if he finally changes his ways.

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