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Actor and Director Rocco Papaleo @ IIC Toronto | Presented in Italian

Papaleo, Rocco

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is thrilled to co-host a special event with acclaimed Italian actor, director, and musician Rocco Papaleo. Papaleo is in Toronto to present his films at the Lavazza IncluCity Festival by ICFF.  This event will be presented in Italian.

An Afternoon with Rocco Papaleo at the Istituto

Saturday, June 29 | 4:00PM

496 Huron St | Toronto ON

Please note:
This event will be presented in Italian.
Seating is limited.  Please arrive early.


Audiences will undoubtedly remember his comedic genius in the film Basilicata Coast to Coast, featuring nominations for Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Claudia Potenza) and Best Screenplay (Rocco Papaleo/Walter Lupo), and wins for Best Musician (Rita Marcotulli/Rocco Papaleo), Best Song (Max Gazzé), and Papaleo for the Best New Director award. Join us for an intimate evening filled with anecdotes, insights (and perhaps even a musical performance or two).

After the presentation, head over to the festival at the Distillery District, where you can experience or relive the adventures of Basilicata Coast to Coast.

For a schedule of Rocco Papaleo’s films featured at the festival, CLICK HERE to visit the ICFF website.

The afternoon is presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto and the Lavazza IncluCity Festival by ICFF.



Antonio Rocco Papaleo, born in Lauria, Basilicata, began his entertainment career in Rome. He’s a versatile performer, with over 60 films, TV series, and 30 plays to his credit. Papaleo made his directorial debut with the acclaimed film “Basilicata Coast to Coast” (2010), earning several awards. He directed and starred in “Una piccola impresa meridionale” (2013), “Onda su Onda” (2016), and “Scordato” (2023). As a musician, he released albums in 1997 and 2012, winning the Gaber Prize and touring Italy with theatre-song performances. Papaleo also presented the Sanremo Festival (2012), “Zelig” (2014), and appeared in “DopoFestival” (2019).