Lemonade

International Narrative Competition

International Premiere

Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden | 88 MINUTES

LEMONADE

Drama, Female Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)
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

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Ioana Uricaru

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.
Director
Ioana Uricaru
Producers
Cristian Mungiu, Yanick Létourneau, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Sean Wheelan, Anthony Muir
Screenwriters
Ioana Uricaru, Tatiana Ionașcu
Cinematographer
Friede Clausz
Composer
Olivier Alary
Editor
Mircea Olteanu
Associate Producer
Arne Kohlweyer
Co-Producer
Anthony Muir
Cast
Mălina Manovici, Steve Bacic, Dylan Scott Smith, Milan Hurduc, Ruxandra Maniu

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