In this new imagining of the iconic classic beloved across the world, Matteo Garrone returns to the authentic roots of the Pinocchio story. With this groundbreaking live action film shot in stunning Italian locations, Garrone creates a rich fantasy world of mystery and wonder, filled with luminous, funny and touching moments.
Academy Award® winning actor Roberto Benigni will play the key role of Geppetto, an old woodcarver who creates a puppet. But something magical happens – the cheeky puppet begins to talk and can walk, run and eat like any young boy. Geppetto calls him Pinocchio, and brings him up as his son.
But Pinocchio finds it hard to be good. Easily led astray, he tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits through a fantastical world full of imaginative creatures – from the belly of a giant fish, to the land of toys and the field of miracles. His loyal friend, the Fairy with the Turquoise Hair, tries to make him see that his dream — to become a real boy — can never come true until Pinocchio finally changes his ways.
Two-time Academy Award® winner Mark Coulier will bring Pinocchio and his friends alive through his visionary character design and prosthetic make-up. Coulier received Academy Awards® for his work on THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and THE IRON LADY. Rachael Penfold at London’s One of Us will create the Visual Effects, known for her beautiful work on THE REVENANT and CLOUD ATLAS.