The Two Lives of Li Ermao (2019)

  • Main Competition, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1h 27m

Filmed over 17 years across Southern China, this remarkable film is an intimate and heart-wrenching portrait of Li Ermao, a transgender migrant worker, who performs in clubs looking for love and acceptance. Living as a “ladyboy” with a string of boyfriends, she faces repeated encounters of prejudice and aggression with equal measures of resilience and vulnerability. With a flair for the dramatic and her budding career as a popstar, Ermao’s story takes many dramatic twists and surprising turns as she moves between the urban and the rural, searching for identity and fighting for a better life.

Competing for the RAI Film Prize and Basil Wright Film Prize.

A pre-recorded conversation between Andrè Singer and Angela Piccini is available here.

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Jia Yuchuan


China, United Kingdom