Private Project

Shanghai Story

A failed product copywriter (Drago Lazetich) with an alcohol dependency crosses paths with a mysterious stranger (Émilie Ohana) on a personal mission and together they embark on an unforgettable adventure across the neon-lit Shanghai.

  • Andrej iliev
  • Andrej iliev
  • Tony Zhang
  • Emilie Ohana
    Key Cast
  • Drago lazetich
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 13 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    130,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
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  • Student Project:
  • Wales International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 24, 2021
    Best Feature Film Nominee
  • 12th Underground Cinema Film Festival
    September 4, 2021
    Best Feature Film Winner
  • Los Angeles International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 16, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 20th Dhaka International Film Festival
    January 18, 2022
    Cinema of the World Official Selection
Distribution Information
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Andrej iliev

For the past 10 years I lived in Shanghai, China, working as a director, dop, writer and editor on commercials, documentary and narrative projects as well as have written and directed short films and an indie feature SHANGHAI STORY (2021). I have passion for independent film and my corporate and advertising work gives me the freedom to develop original and exciting new projects.

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Director Statement

The main characters David and Alice have lost their ways and just like many expatriates they don’t possess the intimate knowledge of the ground they stand on. They don’t live in a bubble, they are not CEOs, diplomats or Ambassadors with a handsome salary and a private mansion. They are regular people facing their demons far away from home and trying to make sense of the ever changing times.
The backstory of Alice was left intentionally vague, as the viewer discovers the bits and pieces together with David. She is arguably the more interesting character, and her appeal at least partially lies in her mystery. The viewer never catches a glimpse of Alice’s map, because David never does. Revealing too much of her would lessen the mystery. After all, how much can you get to know someone in just a few hours?
Shanghai Story is a film about human connection. And as such it deserves to be viewed with other people.