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The City of Lake Oswego has organized three special events in conjunction with the Italian Film Festival starting April 20 at Lake Theater and Cafe in Lake Oswego. The events are intended to make the film festival even more meaningful.

In anticipation of the Italian Film Festival taking place in Portland April 18 through 28, the Lake Oswego Public Library will host three free events. Mark your calendar for these events:

  • April 5, 2 p.m. — Screening of "Bicycle Thieves," an Italian film hailed around the world as "one of the greatest movies every made." This Academy Award-winning film was directed by Vittorio De Sica and is said to have defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen.

    The screening is free and open to those 18 and over, taking place at Lake Theater and Cafe, 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego.

  • April 9, 7 p.m. — Alessandro Gardino Montgomery will share travel tips to discover the Hidden Gems of Italy in a presentation at the library, 706 4th St. She is the managing director of Customized Journeys and president of the Italian School of Portland.

  • April 18, 4 p.m. — Using the themes of the movies of the Italian Film Festival, Porland State University professor Angela Zagarella will discuss topics, changes and challenges facing Italian society today. She will lead an exploration of history, food, cultural heritage and current issues through contemporary Italian cinema.

    This event takes place at the Lake Oswego library.

    Lake Theater and Cafe will screen several films during the Italian Film Festival. To view the complete schedule visit

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