The Fitchburg Art Museum partners with Fitchburg State University to host an Italian Film Festival, March 28-30.
The Fitchburg Art Museum partners with Fitchburg State University to host an Italian Film Festival, March 28-30.

Fitchburg Art Museum celebrates inspiring Italian cinema in its upcoming Italian Film Festival, March 28-30.

The movies range from classic to contemporary and tackle the complexities of self, home and human connection through the Italian lens. All films will be accompanied by a brief intro by a Fitchburg State University professor. The films are in Italian with English subtitles.

First up is "Paisan" on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. Made in 1946 and directed by Roberto Rossellini, it deals with the realities of war, language barriers and everyday life, told through six distinct stories across Italy.

"Golden Door" plays Friday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. The 2006 film, directed by Emanuele Crialese, is set in the early 1900s. It's an historical romance-drama that follows an impoverished southern Italian man who risks everything in hopes of a better life in America. His journey gets complicated when he meets an attractive British woman also headed for America.


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"Terraferma" plays Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. Made in 2011 and directed by Crialese, it is set on the Sicilian island of Linosa, where locals are warned not to assist anyone trying to relocate to Europe from North Africa. Two fishermen defy orders when a young man and his pregnant mother are discovered in the water after fleeing a small boat.

The Museum of Russian Icons has partnered with the British Museum to share research in its catalog.
The Museum of Russian Icons has partnered with the British Museum to share research in its catalog.

The final film, "Juliet of the Spirits," plays Saturday, March 30, at 4 p.m. Made in 1965 and directed by Federico Fellini, it is a fantasy comedy-drama and sensuous tale of self-discovery by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Juliet is motivated by superstition and delves into desire and mysticism as she attempts to amend her mundane life.

General admission is $5 to each film, $15 for all four films, and free to FSU students, faculty and staff. Admission includes light snacks and select beverages. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org for info.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

Gallery notes

APRIL SHOWERS: Save the date -- Friday, April 12 -- for the Brush Art Gallery and Studio's "Singing in the Rain" music and fun-filled fundraiser. Held at the Olympia Restaurant's Zorba Music Hall, 437 Market St., Lowell, the evening starts at 6 p.m., and includes cocktails, a silent auction, a Greek buffet, entertainment with songs inspired by the rain performed by Ralph Funaro, Camille Bedard, Greg Descoteaux and Michael Lally, and dancing. Dress is business casual. Tickets $82 online through www.MKtix.com or $75 by check, paid to Brush Art Gallery and Studios and mailed to 256 Market St., Lowell, MA 01852 Attn: Singing in the Rain.

ICONIC PARTNERSHIP: The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton is honored to have been selected by the prestigious British Museum to host its online catalogue for Byzantine and Greek icons, featuring 32 historically significant works created between the 13th and 19th centuries. The catalogue -- www.museumofrussianicons.org/british-museum-catalogue -- features photos and object entries generated directly from the collection database. It reflects the most current research and study of these important works. It is a distinct honor for MoRI to have forged this partnership, said CEO and curator Kent Russell. "While only a decade old, we have forged an amazing partnership with the renowned British Museum in record time. We have also secured our own international reputation as a center for the study of icons representing the Russian, Slavonic, Greek and Byzantine cultures with this joint venture." Visit www.museumofrussianicons.org for info.

MEN AT ARMS: The Company of the Wolfe Argent, representing a company 15th century Burgundian men-at-arms, visits Worcester Art Museum on Saturday, March 23. In programs at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., they offer a lively glimpse of arms and armor, society and daily life in the late Middle Ages. Recommended for school-aged kids and older. Free with admission. Visit www.worcesterart.org.