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Open-air projections of big screen adaptations of Niccolo Ammaniti’s novels

“Io non ho paura/ I’m not scared”, based on an Ammaniti novel, will be shown this evening at the New Cinema of the Romanian Director.

An open-air screening of “Io non ho paura/ I’m not scared”, directed by Gabriele Salvatores, based on a novel by writer and screenwriter Niccolo Ammaniti, will be running this evening at 9.30 pm at the New Cinema of the Romanian Director, according to a release conveyed to Mediafax.
The film depicts life in a four-house hamlet surrounded by cornfields somewhere in Apulia, Southern Italy, in the summer of 1978. It is the hottest day of the century. Nothing moves, the crickets’ ringing is all you can hear in the stillness. The few residents of the village stay indoors to avoid the scorching heat. Six children riding their bicycles are the only beings who dare to adventure themselves outside the hamlet. This is how an adventure started, more dangerous than they could have predicted. In the middle of the cornfield, a terrible murder had been committed. When the 9-year-old Michele stumbles upon the dead body, his discovery has some unexpected consequences. The film becomes an exciting thriller that depicts the painful process of growing up.
“Io non ho paura” (”I’m not scared”) got the David di Donatello Award 2004 for Best Photography, was an entry at the  Berlin Film Festival 2003 and a European Film Academy Awards nominee in the “Best Photography Director” (Italo Petriccione), also in 2003.
On September 6, the screen version will be shown of “I and You”, another novel by Niccolo Ammaniti. The film was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, who is the chairman of the jury at the 70th Venice Film Festival.
“Bernardo Bertolucci could be considered the most famous Italian director active in the field, according to a Venice Biennale release. Right during the unfolding of the Venice Film Festival, Romanian viewers could enjoy seeing the highly-regarded Bertolucci-directed film on the big screens September 6. The film could also be seen in a sneak preview Monday at the New Cinema of the Romanian Director.
Although the novel “Io e te” <”I and You”> has not been published in Romania, Romanian readers have the opportunity to read “As God Commands” and “I’m not scared”, with the latter making Niccolo Ammaniti into one of the most important Italian writers of the moment. The dramatic tension, poetic power, easy and alert style of his writings brought him Viareggio Award (2001). Niccolo Ammaniti’s books have been translated into 44 languages.
Niccolo Ammaniti was born in 1966, in Rome. He studied biology, yet, at the time he was supposed to write his graduation paper, he took on writing a novel – “Branchie” – instead and was accepted at a newcomer contest in 1994. He abandoned biology, becoming a writer and published the story book “Fango” (1996), and the novel “Ti prendo e ti porto via” <Steal You Away> (1999). However, it was / Io non ho paura” <I’m not scared> that brought him international success in 2001, published in Romania by Humanitas Publishing House, 2006. The novel got the Viareggio-Repaci Award. The eponymous film was made in 2003 by Gabriele Salvatores. The novel “Come Dio comanda” <As God Commands> (2006), which received the Strega Award 2007, was made into an eponymous 2008 film by Gabriele Salvatores.

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