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Synopsis

Heart-breaking drama examines absurdities of adoption and importance of trust in loving family. Childless woman agrees to take an orphaned boy just for one fateful day, knowing that temporary son will return back to foster institution for the ultimate dream goal conceived with devoted husband.

12-year-old troublemaker Sasha loves to sing, read, eat, go fishing, play football and impersonate voices of other people. Very sensitive child rejected by biological father feels imprisoned in the orphanage. For the past two weeks Sasha waited for a hopeful chance to meet adoptive parents. That is when happily married Jurga and Tomas arrive.

After directing Best Lithuanian short “The Queen of England Stole my Parents” (2014) Ernestas Jankauskas confidently brings to life touchingly important story, researched and written by talented author Birute Kapustinskaite (recipient of Lithuania’s Golden Cross of the Stage award for Best playwright). He gently uses non-chronological storytelling methods to fill emotional gaps and explain psychological motives of three main protagonists. Sublime lyrical atmosphere mounted by melodies and sounds, exclusively performed on the hang drums.

Ideally casted unprofessional newcomer Tomas Eimontas sensibly grabs attention from first appearance. He is strongly supported by workaholic producer Gabija Siurbytė and rising star Valentin Novopolskij (soon to be seen in “Oleg” by Latvian director Juris Kursietis).

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Ernestas Jankauskas

started working in USA, UK, French and German productions as 1st AD. His directorial debut - short film “No Focus” was created for Lithuanian short movie festival AXX in 2006. His film “The Queen of England Stole my Parents” won best short movie award at National film awards and several prizes at festivals and was sold to lots of territories as well as being first short film distributed in Lithuania cinema chains. Jankauskas has directed over 40 commercials. 

Filmography
  • Čia buvo Saša (Sasha Was Here, 2018)
Sun, 25.11.2018
6:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
100902
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 100902
Movie guests
Director Ernestas Jankauskas, Cast  Valentin Novopolskij, Cast  Markas Eimontas, Producer  Ruta Petronyte, Crew  Birute Kapustinskaite, Producer  Gabija Siurbyte
Mon, 26.11.2018
7:30 pm
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
111702
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 111702
Movie guests
Producer Gabija Siurbyte, Director  Ernestas Jankauskas
Thu, 29.11.2018
7:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 5
140506
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 140506
Movie guests
Director Ernestas Jankauskas, Producer  Gabija Siurbyte
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: Lithuania
Year: 2018
Duration: 95 minutes
Language: Lithuanian
Director: Ernestas Jankauskas
Producers: Rūta Petronytė, Gabija Siurbytė
Writer: Birutė Kapustinskaitė
DOP: Feliksas Abrukausas
Montage: Dominykas Kilčiauskas
Composers: Paulius Kilbauskas, Vygintas Kisevičius
Cast: Gabija Siurbytė, Valentin Novopolskij, Markas Eimontas
Production: Dansu films in cooperation with Angel Films (Finland)
Synopsis

Heart-breaking drama examines absurdities of adoption and importance of trust in loving family. Childless woman agrees to take an orphaned boy just for one fateful day, knowing that temporary son will return back to foster institution for the ultimate dream goal conceived with devoted husband.

12-year-old troublemaker Sasha loves to sing, read, eat, go fishing, play football and impersonate voices of other people. Very sensitive child rejected by biological father feels imprisoned in the orphanage. For the past two weeks Sasha waited for a hopeful chance to meet adoptive parents. That is when happily married Jurga and Tomas arrive.

After directing Best Lithuanian short “The Queen of England Stole my Parents” (2014) Ernestas Jankauskas confidently brings to life touchingly important story, researched and written by talented author Birute Kapustinskaite (recipient of Lithuania’s Golden Cross of the Stage award for Best playwright). He gently uses non-chronological storytelling methods to fill emotional gaps and explain psychological motives of three main protagonists. Sublime lyrical atmosphere mounted by melodies and sounds, exclusively performed on the hang drums.

Ideally casted unprofessional newcomer Tomas Eimontas sensibly grabs attention from first appearance. He is strongly supported by workaholic producer Gabija Siurbytė and rising star Valentin Novopolskij (soon to be seen in “Oleg” by Latvian director Juris Kursietis).

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Ernestas Jankauskas

started working in USA, UK, French and German productions as 1st AD. His directorial debut - short film “No Focus” was created for Lithuanian short movie festival AXX in 2006. His film “The Queen of England Stole my Parents” won best short movie award at National film awards and several prizes at festivals and was sold to lots of territories as well as being first short film distributed in Lithuania cinema chains. Jankauskas has directed over 40 commercials. 

Filmography
  • Čia buvo Saša (Sasha Was Here, 2018)