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In the golden age of international art cinema, films by Italian masters such as Fellini, Antonioni, and Rossellini were virtually in their own cinematic genres. To judge by the two films previewed as representatives of this festival, the new generation of Italian directors doesn’t possess that kind of distinctiveness, but its work is worth a quick survey nonetheless. Ferzan Ozpetek’s Ignorant Fairies is an upscale, socially conscious soap opera about a suburban woman who discovers that her recently deceased husband was having an affair. Tracking the available evidence to a hip, downscale Roman neighborhood, she discovers that her husband’s longtime lover was a man; after overcoming the initial shock, she’s accepted into the lover’s extended family, which includes transsexuals, AIDS patients, and Turkish refugees. Andrea Porporati’s psychological drama Sun in the Eyes begins with Marco’s purchase of a set of knives, which he uses to dispassionately kill his estranged father. After the murder, Marco stays in the seaside resort where his father lived, striking up a friendship with a teenage girl and playing cat-and-mouse with a police detective who’s sure Marco is the killer. Also scheduled are Alessandro Piva’s La Capagira (pictured), in which a group of crooks hangs out in Bari, waiting for a crucial package from the Balkans; Gabriele Muccino’s But Forever in My Mind, a fast-paced, freewheeling look at Roman teenagers that employs nonprofessional actors; and Roberto Ando’s The Prince’s Manuscript, set in Palermo and inspired by the life of aristocratic writer Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of The Leopard. The festival continues to Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $8. (202) 667-0090; see showtimes for details. (Mark Jenkins)