Pinocchio (2019)

  • Fantasy, Drama
  • 2h 5m

Pinocchio returns to the silver screen in a multi-award winning new live-action adaptation of the classic story of a wooden puppet who longs to become a real human boy.

In this faithful re-imagining of the 1883 iconic classic children’s tale by Carlo Collodi, director and co-writer Matteo Garrone (Dogman IFF18, Gomorrah 2008) creates a rich fantasy world of mystery and wonder, starring Oscar winner Roberto Benigni in the role of Geppetto and Federico Ielapi as the most famous puppet in history. Inspired by a visiting puppet show, the melancholy and poor Geppetto carves a puppet of his own and finds himself astonished when it suddenly comes to life. It’s the son he always wished for – Pinocchio.

Embracing both the grotesqueness and sentimentality of the story, Garrone paints a realistic picture of the working class in feudal Tuscany, where poverty and hunger are features of rural life. Pinocchio’s world is simultaneously real and fantastic, featuring unforgettable characters, from the Cat (Rocco Papaleo, Basilicata Coast to Coast IFF11) and the Fox (Massimo Ceccherini) to the talking Cricket and puppet-master Mangiafuoco.

A beautifully crafted gothic masterpiece, Pinocchio delivers a moral lesson with universal emotional resonance.


Matteo Garrone


Italian with English subtitles