Italian and CMU film festivals roll on


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As JFilm launches today, the Pittsburgh component of Italian Film Festival USA marks its second week and Carnegie Mellon University's International Film Festival enters its final weekend.

"Il giorno in piu" ("One Day More") will play tonight at 7 at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive. Admission is free.

It's a romantic comedy about a ladies' man whose life changes when he becomes entranced by a woman he sees on the streetcar on the way to work. In Italian with English subtitles. (For full schedule: italianfilmfests.org)

Elsewhere, CMU's festival with its Faces of Media theme continues with "The Punk Syndrome," a film about Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band who just happen to be mentally handicapped. It screens at 7 p.m. today at CMU's McConomy Auditorium.

"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye," a documentary about a performance artist who undergoes sex reassignment surgery to more closely resemble his love, will play at 7 p.m. Friday, McConomy.

"Back to the Square," documentary examining citizens' continuing struggles after the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday at McConomy.

Admission for CMU films: $5 for seniors and students, $8 for others. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at www.cmu.edu/faces/ where you also can find more information about shorts, receptions and moderated discussions.

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