Italian movie ‘I’m Not Scared’ comes to Nenagh Arts Centre

Acclaimed Italian film ‘I’m Not Scared’, which features on the school second level English curricula, screens at Nenagh Arts Centre on Thursday, January 24th.


Based on the well regarded novel by Niccolò Ammaniti, the film is directed by Gabriele Salvatores. The story is during Italy’s anni di piombo (Years of Lead), a time riddled with terrorism that ran from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. The book and film cleverly places the story around two young boys who are forced to deal with a grown-up situation not of their making.


Set in Italy’s southernmost interior regions of Basilicata and Puglia in the 1970’s, ‘I’m Not Scared’ starts below ground, along the walls of the hole in which kidnapped Filippo, a delicate blonde northerner from a wealthy family, has been hidden. Above ground, a group of children bicycle through a sea of corn, a landscape, though gorgeous, is plagued with unremitting heat, nefarious locals, and dismal prospects for their future. Later, while playing with his friends, Michele stumbles on the covered pit in which Filippo is hidden. Terrified and repelled by what he takes initially for a corpse, he befriends the spooky creature. Making no mention of his discovery to his family – for Michele,  Filippo represents a kind of fantasy brother he both pities and idealizes.  The boys are then set on a course that will have devastating consequences.


The film screens at 8 p.m. on Thursday 24th January. Tickets at €7 are available at the door.

School bookings/screenings please contact Nenagh Arts Centre on 067 34400

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