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.
Asta Valciukaite was born in 1978 in Kaunas, Lithuania. She received MA in Cultural Management & Cultural Policy, at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, UNESCO Chair. She has been working as location manager and production manager since 2003. In 2004 she founded a company „Kulturiniu projektu centras“ (CUMA projects) which produces films, iniciates media education projects and organizes different cultural events. She works as a producer at „ARTBOX“ since 2006.
Feature film „Santa“ Lithuania, Finland. In prie-production. Producer (Artbox).2010 „Shanghai Banzai“, documentary, Lithuania – Producer (Kultūrinių projektų centras). Scanorama festival award for the Best Baltic Short2010 „Tėve mūsų“ (Our Father) short film, Lithuania – Producer (Artbox)2010 „Ana geraširdė ” (Goodhearted Ana) short film, Lithuania – Producer (Kultūrinių projektų centras)2009 „Jau puiku, tik dar šiek tiek...” (It Would Be Splendid, Yet...), short film, Lithuania – Producer. Awards at Baku, Monaco, Landau and other film festivals2009 „Aš tave žinau“ (I Know You), short film, Lithuania – Producer (Kultūrinių projektų centras). Lithuanian National Film award Silver Crane for the best short of the year2007 „Nerutina” (Noroutine) short film, Lithuania – Producer (Kulturiniu projektu centras). Lithuanian National Film award Silver Crane for the best short of the year.
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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”. Riga, Latvia
Jury Prize (short fiction “Noroutine”)
7th International Student Short Film Festival “Amirani 2008”. Tbilisi, Georgia.