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Io sono Li(Shun Li and the Poet)
2011 - 92 min. - DramaDirector: Andrea SegreCast: Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija
Shun Li is an illegal Chinese immigrant in Italy who works as a barmaid in a rundown waterfront café in Venice. Shin Li -- a shy, single mother -- is treated as a virtual slave of the café’s owners. Bepi, nicknamed “the poet” is a grizzled fisherman who has a tragic past in Croatia. Bepi senses Shun Li has a well of loneliness similar to his own.
Director Andrea Segre artfully portrays the encounter between two people in crisis as their cultural roots fade. Shun Li and the Poet captures the language of Italian neorealism and the dream-like aesthetics of Eastern cinema. A backwater lagoon within sight of shimmering Venice is the backdrop of this poignant portrait of friendship and love that bridges the divides of language and prejudice.
In Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles.