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by Andrea Segre


Shun Li works in a textile factory in the outskirts of Rome, in order to get her papers and enable her eight-year-old son to come to Italy. She is suddenly transferred to Chioggia, a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon, to work as a bartender in a pub. Bepi, a Slavic fisherman, nicknamed “the Poet” by his friends, has been a regular at that little pub for years. The friendship between Shun Li and Bepi upsets both the Chinese and local communities, who interfere with this new voyage, which they are perhaps simply too afraid of.

international title: Shun Li and the Poet
original title: Io sono Li
country: Italy, France
sales agent: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Andrea Segre
film run: 100'
release date: IT 23/09/2011, FR 13/06/2012, ES 26/10/2012, GB 21/06/2013, BE 17/07/2013, NL 18/07/2013, RO 15/11/2013, DE 05/12/2013, CZ 06/02/2014
screenplay: Andrea Segre, Marco Pettenello
cast: Zhao Tao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran, Giuseppe Battiston
cinematography by: Luca Bigazzi
film editing: Sara Zavarise
art director: Leonardo Scarpa
costumes designer: Maria Rita Barbera
producer: Francesco Bonsembiante, Francesca Feder
production: Jolefilm, Aeternam Films, RAI Cinema, ARTE France, Haut et Court
backing: Eurimages, Regione del Veneto
distributor: Parthénos, Haut et Court, Festival Films, Curzon Artificial Eye, Abc Distribution, Clorofilm Srl, Rendezvous Filmverleih, Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o.


main awards/selection

LUX Prize of European Parliament 2012
Biennale di Venezia 2011Venice Days
David di Donatello 2012Best Actress (Zhao Tao)
London Film Festival 2011
Festival del Cinema Italiano Tokyo 2012
Biografilm Festival 2012
Edmonton International Film Festival 2012
Italian Film Festival in Sweden 2012
Villerupt Italian Film Festival 2012
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012
Stockholm International Film Festival 2012
Buenos Aires Festival of Italian Cinema 2012
Santa Fe International Film Festival 2012
Portland International Film Festival 2013

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