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Li and the Poet (2011)

Io sono Li (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 23 September 2011 (Italy)
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A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

Director:

Andrea Segre

Writers:

Andrea Segre (story), Andrea Segre (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tao Zhao ... Shun Li (as Zhao Tao)
Rade Serbedzija ... Bepi, il poeta (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Marco Paolini Marco Paolini ... Coppe
Roberto Citran ... Avvocato
Giuseppe Battiston ... Devis
Giordano Bacci Giordano Bacci ... Baffo
Spartaco Mainardi Spartaco Mainardi ... Maicol
Zhong Cheng Zhong Cheng ... Zang
Wang Yuan Wang Yuan ... Lian
Amleto Voltolina Amleto Voltolina ... Bode
Andrea Pennacchi Andrea Pennacchi ... Sandro
Guo Qiang Xu Guo Qiang Xu ... Boss (as Xu Guo Qiang)
Sara Perini Sara Perini ... Sara, moglie di Devis
Federico Hu Federico Hu ... Xiao Ming, figlio di Shun Li
Hi Zhijian Hi Zhijian ... Majong Player
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A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

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Drama

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Shun Li: Can a square be made a circle? Can different roads come together? Acute is the remorse for the lost way in the faltering steps of my return. Reluctant, my cart turns back. Muddled among the errors was the way.
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Beauty and ugliness

This is not the romantic Venice. A bar where the patrons run up tabs because they don't have cash. The wet and grey docks. The relationship between the young Shun Li, an immigrant from China, and the old Yugoslav fisherman, is not one that many people can accept, not even the friends of the fisherman, and the much younger Chinese woman, working like a slave to bring her son from China to Italy. Two people who are very alone find each other and it's beautiful. How can it end well? But like the gritty beauty of the side of Venice the tourists don't see, there's a beauty to the love that cannot be. The beauty of the relationship is that when two people find that they can understand each other, the relationship is a rainbow that shatters the grey sky of their dull and friendless lives. They cling to each other. They become everything to each other. Even though they both know it is impossible.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Mandarin

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chioggia, Venice, Veneto, Italy See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$890,487
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Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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