Shanghai Banzai is 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, Poles, Romas) community exists in the very centre of Vilnius. The film also tries to find out the origin of the 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 replace old wooden houses and nobody knows what the future holds for the people of Shanghai.
Jurate Samulionyte was born in 1983 in Jonava. In 2007 Jurate got her MA in Film and TV directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. She worked on several Lithuanian and foreign productions as a director assistant, script supervisor and as a producer assistant. Jurate Samulionyte is also developing her skills as a screenwriter. Her short stop-motion film “Noroutine” got the Silver Crane Award for Best Lithuanian Short Film 2008.
Short film „Nerutina“ /„Noroutine“/ 15‘ (2007)Short documentary film „Sanxai Banzai“ /„Shanghai Banzai“/ 25 (2010)Short film „Laikinai“ /„Temporarily“/ (in postproduction)
Jurate Samulionyte was born in 1983 in Jonava in Lithuania. In 2001 she entered the Institute of Television and Film in the Film and Theatre Faculty at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. In 2003 she made her first short length feature film “Two. Two”. In 2007 Jurate Samulionyte gained her MA in Film and TV directing.
Jurate Samulionytė is one of representative of young film directors in Lithuania. Her short feature film „Noroutine” got the “Silver crane” award as “The best Lithuanian short film 2008”. The director proved that she is not afraid to experiment with different cinematic styles, surrealistic view and is able to create very original and interesting work.
2008 – “Metamorphosis” (10min.,HDV) - documentary portrait of contemporary music composer R.Mazulis.
2007 - “Noroutine” (15min.) – director, short feature photo film.
2006 - “Nas denik“ (9min) – documentary diary in Czech Republic.
2005 - “Once upon a time” (8min.) – short feature film.
“Everest” (15min.) – director, short feature film.
2004 - “Small rituals ” (8min.) – short feature film.
2003 - “Contact” (15min.) – creative documentary film.
“Ten” (20min.) – co-director, short documentary film.
“Aubade” (4min.) – documentary film.
Best Lithuanian Short Film 2008 (short fiction “Noroutine”)
Lithuanian Film Awards “Silver Crane”
II-nd Prize in Baltic Competition (short fiction “Noroutine”)
Short Film Festival “2ANNAS 2008”
Jury Prize (short fiction “Noroutine”)
7th International Student Short Film Festival “Amirani 2008”