(VELINO) Roma, 28 Nov - This year's the Week of the Italianlanguage in the World in Caracas began on Oct. 16. The event,organised by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italianembassy in Venezuela, began with the opening of a photoexhibition called Orinoco Myths and Legends by journalistGianfranco Di Giacomantonio, at the institute. The date waschosen to commemorate Europe's discovery of America. Theevening included the showing of a video of the journalist'strip to Canaima and meeting the Waraos civilisation. Theevocative atmosphere transported the audience to the banks ofthe Orinoco River simulating a river trip, reinforced by photosat the exhibition. This was followed by the screening at theVenezuelan Italian Centre in Caracas of two Italian films takenfrom masterpieces of Italian literature: The Garden of theFinzi-Continis, presented by Italo-Venezuelan actor anddirector Luigi Sciamanna and The Leopard, introduced byVenezuelan cinema critic Jaime Bello Leo'n. The centre alsoshowed Del Decameron, a theatrical staging of 10 stories fromthe Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, adapted by directorArnaldo Mendoza and performed by the Venezuelan ItalianCentre's theatre company. The work also received several awardsat theatre festivals in the Venezuelan capital. At the end ofthe event, a conference on Italian Publishing in the DigitalAge was held. Every Wednesday, the institute showed a cycle offilms adapted from Italian literature, as an accompaniment tothe events. vel.