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When he died in 1977, Roberto Rossellini left such landmarks of postwar Italian neorealism as Open City and Germany Year Zero. But daughter Isabella Rossellini remembers him foremost as the large belly she cuddled as a child. That prominent midriff is one of the principal characters in My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a sweet yet witty tribute in which Isabella plays most of the parts—including Hitchcock, Fellini, and Chaplin—while conducting a concerto of opinions on dad, both pro and con. The 16-minute 2005 film, directed by Guy Maddin, is the newest attraction in “Dossier Roberto Rossellini,” which marks the centennial of the elder Rossellini’s birth. Also featured are three short sets of what are essentially home movies, documenting Rossellini’s wife, Ingrid Bergman, and their children, including Isabella. Plus, of course, Open City, the director’s precedent-busting account of the Italian partisans’ campaign against the Nazis. The films show at 4:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)