ARTHOUSE is flush with live satellite broadcasts and an Italian drama this week.

Tomorrow, Ventnor Arts Club is screening a live satellite broadcast of Akhnaten, direct from the Metropolitan Opera House, at 5.30pm.

In the stellar production, director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s masterpieces, following the now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha.

Star countertenor, Anthony Roth Costanzo, plays the eponymous pharoah ­— the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt ­— with the striking mezzo-soprano, J’Nai Bridges, making her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti.

To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott creates an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers.

On Monday, Ryde Film Club is screening Mathew Heineman's biographic, A Private War (15), at the Ryde Academy Theatre, at 7.45pm.

Starring Rosamund Pike and Tom Hollander, the film depicts one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin ­— an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give a voice to the voiceless.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Ventnor Film Society is screening Happy as Lazzaro (PG), at 7.30pm.

In Alice Rohrwacher's drama, a simple, good-natured young tobacco farmer, Lazzaro, forms a deep and unlikely friendship with Tancredi ­— a young nobleman with a vivid imagination.

Disillusioned with life in their isolated pastoral village, Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him fake his own kidnapping to scoop the ransom, but when a surprising event separates the friends, Lazzaro embarks on an enigmatic journey of magic realism leading him to the big city for the first time.

On Thursday, Ventnor is showing a live satellite broadcast of the provocative comedy, Present Laughter, by Noel Coward.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control.

Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.