Shun Li and the Poet

  • Andrea Segre
  • Italy, France
  • 2011
  • 92'
  • Io sono Li

The poetic story of impossible love between two lonely immigrants earned a standing ovation at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, taking home as many as three awards. Chinese woman Shun Li works as a waitress in the town of Chioggia in the Venetian Lagoon, while fisherman Bepi (Rade Šerbedžija), nicknamed the Immigrant Poet, is from former Yugoslavia. They find solace in each other, but their closeness begins to bother the locals and the Chinese community. Director Andrea Segre takes the viewer on a journey of love of two immigrants and the beautiful landscapes of foggy, dreamy Venice.

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Andrea Segre

Italian film director whose documentaries have toured festivals and won numerous awards. The central themes in his work are refugees and migrations, which are at the heart of feature films Shun Li and The Poet (2011), First Snowfall (2013) and The Order of Things (2017). His fiction films employ the methods and styles of documentary cinema, often featuring non-professional actors.

Shun Li and the Poet

Andrea Segre
Andrea Segre, Marco Pettenello
Tao Zhao, Rade Šerbedžija, Marco Paolini
Luca Bigazzi
Sara Zavarise
Francesco Bonsembiante, Francesca Feder
Jolefilm, Aeternam Films, Rai Cinema
Festivals & Awards
Venice Int'l Film Festival 2011 – FEDIC Prize, Laterna Magica Prize, Lina Mangiacapre Prize for Direction; Reykjavik Int'l Film Festival 2011 – Best Director; Lecce Film Fest 2012 – Mario Verdone Prize for Best Director; LUX Prize 2012

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