As part of its Summer International Film Festival, the Berkeley Heights Public Library will be showing I'm Not Scared directed by Gabriele Salvatores on Thursday, August 2, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Come join us! Thriller. Italian. 2003. 108 minutes. Rated R
Plot Summary: The late 1970s saw a rash of kidnappings in Italy. In a remote village in the southern part of the country, nine-year-old Michele is playing amid the ruins of an old villa, when he makes a startling discovery: a little boy is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. Not knowing what to make of what he’s seen, he brings the child food and water, his innocence prevents him from doing anything more. He thinks no one will believe him, so he doesn’t tell his parents. But when they learn of his experience, they inexplicably caution him not to say anything. When a “bad man” visits his parents and the adults begin to argue while watching TV news coverage of the latest kidnapping, Michele gradually begins his loss of innocence. Because we see the events unfolding through Michele’s uncomprehending eyes, the viewing audience shares his childlike confusion, effectively heightening the suspense. Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, the film won two Donatello Awards.
Admission is free and no reservations are required.