Io Sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)

Io Sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)
Io Sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)

Screenplay: Andrea Segre, Marco Pettenello

Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi

Editing: Sara Zavarise

Art direction: Leonardo Scarpa

Costumes: Maria Rita Barbera

Cast: Zhao Tao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran, Giuseppe Battiston

Producer: Francesco Bonsembiante, Francesca Feder

Production: Jolefilm, Aeternam Films, Rai Cinema, Arte, Haut et Court

Backing: Eurimages, Regione del Veneto

Distrbutor: Parthenos, Haut et Court


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.

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