19/12 movie "Shun Li and the Poet" (Io sono Li)
France, Italy, 2012
Runtime: 100 min
Director: Andrea Segre
Cast: Zhao Tao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran, Giuseppe Battiston
European Parliament LUX Prize winner, 2012
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.
Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX prize casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of the European public debate. The Parliament believes that the cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. Cinema is popular, attracts different generations and is affordable.
Free entrance - tickets available at cinema "Splendid Palace" (Elizabetes street 61) and "EU House" in Riga, Aspazijas Boulevard 28 from 11.12.12.
Additional information: http://www.luxprize.eu/movies/2012/io-sono-li-shun-li-and-poet