Luo Li is an independent filmmaker. He was born and grew up in China. He studied film and obtained his MFA in Canada.
Li’s experimental short films Fly and Ornithology garnered much recognition for their elegant artistry and delicate use of abstract imagery. These short works have screened internationally in festivals/galleries including Cinematheque Ontario (Toronto, Canada), Images Festival (Toronto, Canada), Nouveau Cinema International Film and New Media Festival (Montreal, Canada), and Reyes Hecoles Gallery (Mexico City, Mexico).
In his first feature film, I went to the zoo the other day (2009), Li continued to develop his eye for captivating visuals while exploring new territories of the quiet narrative. I went to the zoo the other day has screened at Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin, Germany), Temporäre Kunsthalle (Berlin, Germany), BAFICI (Argentina) and Images Festival (Toronto, Canada).
Rivers and my father (2010) poetically combines the modes of documentary and fiction filmmaking to examine his relationship with his father’s memoir. Rivers and my father premiered at the 7th China Independent Film Festival (2010) and won the Jury Prize. It also won the Image Prize at Images Festival (2011). It has screened at BAFICI (Argentina), Jeonju International Film Festival (Korea), and CPH:DOX (Denmark).
Emperor Visits the Hell (2012) is a stark and modern retelling of the Classic story of Emperor Li Shimin’s journey to the underworld boldy set in contemporary Chinese society. Emperor Visits the Hell premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2012) and won the Dragons and Tigers Award. It has also screened at International Film Festival of Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films (New York), and international film festivals in Hong Kong, Edinbough, Taipei, and Warsaw.