Sasha Was Here

Lithuania, 2018


Dansu films in cooperation with Angel Films (Finland), 95mins



Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (First Feature Competition), Shanghai Film Festival - Contact: The Festival Agency


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Jurga and Tomas, a young infertile couple, are driving to meet the 6-year-old girl they plan to adopt. Once they arrive at the orphanage, they find out there’s been a mistake. Instead of the girl, 12-year-old boy, called Sasha greets them. The manager offers them a single option – either they spend a day with the boy and she will explain the error to the adoption agency, or they refuse and she records their refusal and they won’t get a girl. Jurga decides to accept the offer without consulting with Tomas first. The day becomes very difficult for Jurga– Sasha is swearing, stealing, and smoking. Tom is not talking with her. When it appears that Sasha also knows that he won’t be adopted, Jurga promises to take the boy to adventure park. By the end of the day, all three main characters will need to find an answer to what is a real family.

Cast & Crew

Producers - Gabija Siurbytė Rūta Petronytė

Screenwriter - Birutė Kapustinskaitė

Featuring - Gabija Siurbytė, Valentin Novopolskij, Markas Eimontas

Cinematographer - Feliksas Abrukausas

Score - Paulius Kilbauskas, Vygintas Kisevičius

Ernestas Jankauskas

Ernestas Jankauskas


Ernestas Jankauskas is a Vilnius based feature film and commercials director. He has directed over 40 award winning commercials a large number of global brands, from SEB bank to Bite telecom, Omnitel, Vichy and Western Union. His short film “The Queen of England Stole My Parents” won best short movie award at National Film Awards and several prizes at festivals and was the first short film distributed in Lithuania cinema chains. His first feature film “Sasha Was Here” was selected to premiere at Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn and was picked up for a wide domestic release in 2019.