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FEATURE NARRATIVE 88 Minutes International Premiere
Mara, a young Romanian mother and nurse who moved to the United States several months ago for work, has, it seems, already become accustomed to the suspicious, questioning glances and remarks that are part of the fabric of her life in America. By morning, she’s getting vaccinated—the doctor adds a flu shot without her consent—by afternoon, she’s taking her nine-year-old son to look at schools and working on her green-card application—while fending off advances from her self-righteous immigration officer—and by evening, she’s simply trying to keep the peace with her new husband, a former patient she met just a few months prior.

Lemonade, Ioana Uricaru’s understated directorial debut, depicts one 24-hour period in Mara’s life, honing in on a series of encounters, both quotidian and extraordinary, both indignities and quiet triumphs. Despite its microscopic focus, Lemonade gestures to the widest, all-too-relevant themes of the pressure to assimilate and the ways in which immigrants are treated as other in this country. Executive-produced by Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu and starring Mãlina Manovici, of Mungiu’s Graduation, Lemonade marks the emergence of a quietly compelling new voice.

—Frédéric Boyer
Drama, Female Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
Born and raised in Romania, Ioana Uricaru studied biology before turning to filmmaking and film studies. She is an alum of Berlinale Talents, the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence du Festival, and the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab. Recently, she received a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

Film Info
  • Section:
    International Narrative Competition
  • Year:
  • Length:
    88 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Romanian
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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Ioana Uricaru
  • Producers:
    Cristian Mungiu, Yanick Létourneau, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Sean Wheelan, Anthony Muir
  • Screenwriters:
    Ioana Uricaru, Tatiana Ionașcu
  • Cinematographer:
    Friede Clausz
  • Editor:
    Mircea Olteanu
  • Composer:
    Olivier Alary
  • Associate Producer:
    Arne Kohlweyer
  • Co-Producer:
    Anthony Muir
  • Cast:
    Mălina Manovici, Steve Bacic, Dylan Scott Smith, Milan Hurduc, Ruxandra Maniu

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