One Off London Screening Of Li And The Poet
The BFI Southbank, London will screen Andrea Segre’s Li And The Poet (Italy/France, 2011) on Monday, 5th March 2012. The director will also be in attendance for a Q&A.
Shun Li is a woman who has, in effect, sold herself into slavery in Italy in order to pay for her passage from China and the eventual transport of her son to live with her. Transferred from a textile factory in Rome to work in a bar on Chioggia, an island in the Venetian lagoon, she develops a warm but platonic friendship with the retired Bepi. But both her employers and his circle of fisherman friends regard their relationship with sordid suspicion, and there are potentially dire consequences for Li.
An unusual and compelling first feature, this has a terrific central performance by Zhao Tao as Li, which is both restrained and heartfelt. Li And The Poet takes the essence of a real-life situation (the relatively recent influx of Chinese immigrants into the environs of Venice) and gives us a vivid contemporary story that’s also a new filmic look at aspects of Venetian life, refreshingly naturalistic and free of picture postcard tourism.
For more information, head to the BFI Southbank’s official website.
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