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Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)



Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)

io sono li posterCinema Italia 2021 - Multi-ethnic Italy: the new Italians

The Multi-ethnic Italy: the new Italians film series, which represents a continuation of the fruitful collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute with Palace Cinemas, and which includes a series of movies whose central topic is the phenomenon of migration to Italy, continues with the screening of the movie Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) by director Andrea Segre.

The movie will be introduced by Antonella Beconi, Convenor for Italian at the Centre of Continuing Education, University of Sydney, who will also moderate the Q&A session at the end of the movie.

Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet)
By Andrea Segre, 2011, 98’

Shun Li (Zhao Tao) has been working in a textile workshop in the outskirts of Rome for eight years to pay off her debt to the people traffickers in order to bring her son to Italy. She is suddenly transferred to Chioggia, a small island town situated in the Venetian lagoon, to work as a bartender. Bepi (Rade Šerbedžija), a fisherman of Slavic origin, nicknamed "the Poet", has been visiting the bar for years. Their meeting is a poetic escape from loneliness, a laconic dialogue between different cultures. It is a journey into the heart of a deep lagoon, known to be a mother and birthplace of identity. But the friendship between Shun Li and Bepi disturbs both communities, Chinese and Chioggia,io sono li interna and hinders this new journey, which perhaps is simply still too scary. They part ways but, like the ocean, are drawn back together again.

Zhao Tao won the 2012 David di Donatello for Best Actress for her performance as Shun Li.

Q&A with Yingje Guo, professor of Chinese Studies at the Sydney University, and Gabriele Abbondanza, Researcher and Lecturer at the Sydney University and an Associate Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI).


  • Full price: $20
  • IIC members, Palace Movie Club members & Students: $15*

       * University of Sydney, UTS, UNSW, Macquarie University, Centre of Continuing Education students

Information and bookings:


Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Palace Cinemas

Entrance : With fee


Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Leichhardt