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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 (ACEK)
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, UK 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.
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