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|  Eros & Psyche Award

Io sono Li Io sono Li
Li and the Poet
Director: Andrea Segre

2011, 35mm, colour, 110'
Vers: Italian, Chinese - Sub: Ita/Eng

Winner ex-aequo Eros & Psyche Award 2011
for its accuracy and the poetry with which it traits a current subject, and for the compassion over its characters, without falling into easy sentimentalism and exotique manipulation.

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. Their encounter is a poetic escape from solitude, a silent dialogue between cultures that are different, yet not more distant. It is an odyssey into the deep heart of a lagoon, which can be both the mother and cradle of identities, which never keep still. But 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.

Screenplay: Andrea Segre, Marco Pettenello
Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi
Editing: Sara Zavarise
Music: François Couturier
Sound: Alessandro Zanon
Cast: Zhao Tao, Rade Sherbedgia, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran, Giuseppe Battiston

Prizes and selections:
Mostra d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia 2011 (Venice Days)

Jolefilm Srl, Ĉternam Films

World sales:
Adriana Chiesa Enterprises
(Rome, T +39 06 8086052; F +39 06 80687855;;

Casa del Cinema (Sala Deluxe) - 22 Nov, 10.30
Casa del Cinema (Sala Deluxe) - 23 Nov, 20.00
[The director will attend the screening]


Winners 2011

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