The documentary, Noelle’s Journey, will open From Bello to Beautiful: The Art and Impact of Italian-Canadian Cinema, the Canadian section of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival presented by IC Savings.
Directed by Peter Gentile and written by Peter Gentile and Noelle Elia, Noelle’s Journey tells the story of Franco Grosso and Mariano Elia, two immigrants who left southern Italy for a new life in Canada.
Know as the ‘original popcorn man’, Franco stayed close to his Italian roots. Mariano arrived as a 12-year-old boy who spoke no English but went on to become one of Canada’s top builders and philanthropists. The two men never met, but they had Noelle in common. She is Mariano’s granddaughter, and was Franco’s friend.
Noelle’s Journey screens June 10th, 7:00 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. For tickets, visit the Italian Contemporary Film Festival website, or make your purchase in person at the TIFF Box Office.
Bello to Beautiful: The Art and Impact of Italian-Canadian Cinema is a new edition to the festival, and features a seven-day, free admission screening series. The new slate of programming and events pay tribute to key figures in the history of Canadian Cinema, showcasing Italian immigrants that have had an immeasurable impact in Ontario, and for the City of Toronto in various sectors including cuisine, construction, and neighbourhoods.
This is the sixth edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, the largest Italian film festival outside of Italy.