Ignas Jonynas studied TV and theatre directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. For over ten years, Jonynas created 10 theatre peformances, many TV commercials and then made his debut in the cinema with his short films Sekmadienis toks, koks yra (Sunday As It Is, 2003) and Šokantis kirminas (Dancing Worm, 2006). Moral choices, testing of conscience, and gambling on death are depicted in his full-length feature Lošėjas (The Gambler, 2013).The Gambler is the first film from the Baltic countries to have its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the Warsaw Film Festival, two Silver Dolphin at Festroia Film Festival in Portugal, the Special Jury Prize and Prix Luna at „L’Europe Autour de l’Europe“ FF in Paris, two Great Christopher at Latvian National Awards and five Silver Cranes, a Lithuanian Film and TV Award presented by the Lithuanian Film Academy, in 2014. The film was also screened at festivals in France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Estonia, India, China, Morocco, Georgia, the USA and Ireland.



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