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      Montreal’s Italian Week 2015 – Day One

      Aug. 7, 2015

      Montreal’s Italian Week kicks off today with free film screenings, musical performances, a traditional Italian church outdoor feast and an art exhibit. For the next ten days, Italian- and Italian-Canadian-themed events and activities will take place in various parts of the city.

      Festivalgoers will have the choice of three free films at three different venues this evening. The Casa D’Italia (505 Jean Talon East) will be showing Matrimonio all’italiana (Marriage Italian Style) by director Vittorio De Sica and featuring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Leonardo da Vinci Centre in St-Leonard (8370 Boulevard Lacordaire) will be showing another Vittorio De Sica film starring Sophia Loren, La Ciociara (Two Women). Further west in LaSalle at the Parc Ouellette Community Center (corner Serre and Robert streets), screening will be It Started in Naples by Melville Shavelson. All three screenings start at 7:30PM.

      Today until August 16, the Leonardo da Vinci Centre will house an art exhibit featuring works by local Montreal artists with origins in Campania, Italy. The artists include Guido Marena, Nick Pierni, Alfonso Fiengo, Marcello Improta, Gianni Giuliano and Frank Caracciolo. The exhibit is open daily from 1:00PM to 5:00PM and entrance is free.

      Le Boulevard Shopping Centre, located at the corner of Jean Talon and Pie-IX streets, will play host to festival performances throughout the weekend. Today, passersby will be treated to performances by singer Marco Sanelli at 5:00PM and duo Dolceamare at 7:30PM.

      Outdoor festivities will run all weekend long at Maria Auxiliatrice Church in Rivière-des-Prairies. Things get underway at 7:00PM tonight.

      To view the festival’s complete program, please visit

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