Italian Contemporary Film Fest: free screening of "Noelle's Journey"

June 18, 2018 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm America/Toronto Timezone
Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan
3555 Hwy 7
Woodbridge, ON L4L 6B1


All Welcome! Online registration required (free)

York University and the Italian Contemporary Film Festival invite you to a screening of Noelle's Journey, a documentary by Peter Gentile. 

Noelle Elia is a multi-media artist who takes us on a voyage of discovery. She tells the story of Franco Grosso and Mariano Elia, two immigrants who left southern Italy for a new life in Canada. Franco stayed close to his Italian roots and was known as the ‘original popcorn man’. Mariano arrived as a 12 year-old boy who spoke no English but went on to become one of Canada’s top builders and a philanthropist. These two men never met, but they had Noelle in common – she is Mariano’s grand-daughter, and Franco’s friend. In this film, through her memories and a voyage back to Italy, she creates a portrait of Canada’s changing face of diversity.

Please be our guest: 

  • Monday, June 18, at 6:45pm at Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan
  • Opening remarks by Angelo Persichilli
  • Q&A with Producer/Director and Cast to follow

Register to reserve your FREE tickets now.

Genre: Documentary | Language: Italian| Subtitles: English


Peter Gentile

Peter Gentile is a producer who has created many award winning productions in the documentary, drama and performing arts genres. Some notable productions include his feature film Welcome to the Parade which premiered at TIFF and was sold internationally. Shadow Pleasures, a series of Bravo Fact shorts including The Cinnamon Peeler, Tropical Rumours, The Nine Sentiments, and Power, was a critically acclaimed work that aired on CBC and was heralded at festivals and won many awards.Peter is also producing the second season of the docu-soap series Grand Benders.