"Italian for Beginners" is one of six films offered in the festival.

Italian films in spotlight

The Art House at Restaurant Row and the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii will host an Italian Film Fest Friday through Oct. 17.

A 5 to 6:45 p.m. reception at Sunset Grill will open the event, with bruschetta, salmon with capers, New York strip steak with kiawe-grilled vegetables and more. The cost is $25.

There will also be an antipasti/ biscotti/ gelati reception at the Art House from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free with your theater ticket.

Also, show your ticket at Meritage, the new Italian/French restaurant at the Row, for 10 percent off entrées throughout the festival.

Films to be presented:

"Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember": A humorous and self-deprecating look at the life of the Italian film icon in his own words. Screens at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

"Italian for Beginners": Six people leading banal lives meet through an Italian class in a rainy Danish town and begin to reveal themselves and their problems to each other. Screens 11:30 a.m., 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 17.

"The Turandot Project": Puccini's opera is staged in its original setting in the Forbidden City of Beijing. This work features the combined talents of conductor Zubin Mehta and director Zhang Yimou. Screens 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday; 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. Monday; and 2 p.m. Oct. 16.

"Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi Fratelli)": Screens 12:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

"The Son's Room (La Stanza del Figlio)": Palme D'Or winner tells of a once-happy family coming to terms with a devastating loss. Screens 11:30 a.m., 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 17.

"Pizzicata": During World War II, a family attempts to hide an Italian-American pilot shot down in a surveillance plane. Screens 7 p.m. Monday; and 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

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