Luo Li is an independent filmmaker. He was born and grew up in China. He studied film production and completed his MFA in Canada.
Li’s experimental short films Fly and Ornithology garnered much recognition for their delicate use of abstract imagery. 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.
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).
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.
Li’s works have screened internationally in festivals and galleries including Arsenal (Berlin), Cinematheque Ontario (Toronto), Images Festival (Toronto), Nouveau Cinema International Film and New Media Festival (Montreal), Reyes Hecoles Gallery (Mexico City), BAFICI (Buenos Aires), China Independent Film Festival, and Jeonju International Film Festival, International Film Festival or Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films (New York), and Hong Kong International Film Festival.