2010 /

Shanghai Banzai

25 min.  –  Documentary  –  25 min., color  –  2010
Director : Jūratė Samulionytė
Cinematographer : Audrius Zelenius
Editing director : Egidijus Zaliapūgas

Every city has its own Shanghai!

Shanghai Banzai – it‘s an ironic short documentary about an old and poor district nearby Vilnius city centre called Snipiskes, which is also known as Shanghai. Film exposes a paradoxical situation where countryside with its multicultural (Lithuanians, Russians, Polish, Gypsies) community exists in the very centre of Vilnius. Also film tries to find out the origin of district’s nickname Shanghai.
Film portraits inhabitants of Vilnius Shanghai, who have their own rules, loves, habits and sins. Most of them live in their Past still remembering their youth. Now modern skyscrapers exchange old wooden houses and nobody knows what is waiting for characters of Shanghai.

Film Shanghai Banzai is the winner of Grand Prix in European Film Forum Scanorama (Lithuania).