Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents a weekly Friday Night Film Series with screenings 6:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicap access is in the rear of the building, off Gleason Street. September’s lineup features Italian films.

Up next is “Garden of the Finzi-Continis” (1971, Italy/West Germany), screening Friday, Sept. 16. Director Vittorio De Sica’s Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film of 1971 is set amid the ravages of World War II. As the political atmosphere becomes increasingly hostile to its Jewish citizens, the handsome and carefree Finzi-Contini children turn their home into a refuge for their young friends. However, total escape is not really possible.

The R-rated film runs 94 minutes. Still to come this month are: Sept. 23, “Shoeshine” (1946, Italy); and, Sept. 30, “Divorce Italian Style” (1961, Italy).

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.