Lemonade

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    Lemonade

    Directed by

    Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden

    2018

    88 min

    • English
    • Romanian

    Drama

    While working in the US on a temporary visa as a caretaker, Mara, a 30 year-old single mother from Romania, marries Daniel, an American. After the arrival of her son Dragos, everything seems to have fallen perfectly into place. When the process of getting a green card veers unexpectedly off course, however, Mara is faced with abuses of power on every level and forced to answer a dark question about herself – how far would you go to get what you want?

    Awards

    • Golden Lynx (Best Feature Film) - New Directors New Films Festival
    • Best Director - Sarajevo FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Mălina Manovici
    Steve Bacic
    Dylan Scott Smith
    Milan Hurduc
    Ruxandra Maniu
    Screenplay
    Ioana Uricaru
    Tatiana Ionașcu
    Cinematography
    Friede Clausz
    Editing
    Mircea Olteanu
    Music
    Oliver Alary
    Production
    MOBRA FILMS
    Sales
    PLUTO FILM

    Press

    Lemonade goes to a dark place we don’t usually visit when discussing the move to another country...The sadder stories seem to get lost on the border between these two territories, whose mentality Lemonade explores convincingly.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    Manovici’s performance, clouding her ingenue-like appearance with flashes of hard-lived savvy, keep the drama on edge.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Built around an excellent, harrowingly sensitive lead performance by Malina Manovici, it was one of the standout world premieres at this year's Berlinale where its combination of quiet style and provocative content played well with audiences.

    Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

    A new voice in Romanian cinema, Ioana Uricaru, explores a topic unfamiliar to the so-called local New Wave.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    Manovici delivers a sensitive and convincing performance.

    Patrick Gamble, Cinevue

    Lemonade denounces bigotry, xenophobia and a bureaucratic immigration system subjected to personal whims.

    Ioana Uricaru, Dirty Movies

    Ioana Uricaru

    Ioana Uricaru

    Romania

    It's very important that a viewer connects with my work first and foremost on a personal level.

    Born and raised in Romania, she studied biology before turning to film. She graduated with a masters in film and television production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in California, followed by a PhD in critical studies at the same institution. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talents and the 2009 Script Station. She has also participated in the Cinéfondation Residence in Cannes, the Sundance Directors Lab and the Torino Film Lab. In 2016 she received a fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. Her first feature LEMONADE, had its world premiere at Berlinale Panorama 2018.

    Selected Filmography