Francesco BONSEMBIANTE (Jolefilm), Francesca FEDER (Aeternam Films)
“Shun Li and the Poet” relates the romantic and difficult friendship between a Chinese illegal immigrant and an old Italian fisherman, on an island of the Venetian lagoon facing economic changes. After working in a textile factory in the suburbs of Rome, Shun Li, a woman in her forties, moves to the small provincial town of Chioggia: she works as a waitress in an “osteria” to pay for her freedom. Bepi, also called “the Poet" by his friends, has been coming to the little bar for years... The film tells the encounter between two worlds in a crisis: the world of Shun Li who has been forced to abandon her own roots and the world of Bepi who sees his roots transforming deeply because of the social changes of the region. Both exiled in their own ways, Shun Li and Bepi try to save each other trusting on poetry more than on reality. But their unexpected dreamlike salvation will be hampered by the conflict between the local Italian community and the local Chinese people.