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They say when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. This story, inspired by real events, reveals the true taste of the American Dream.


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?

The lead role, Mara, is played by Malina Manovici (Graduation, 2016) and this first feature by Ioana Uricaru is produced by Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu himself.


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Director: Ioana Uricaru
Genre: Drama
English title: Lemonade
Country of production: Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden
Year of production: 2018
Length: approx. 90 min
Colour: colour
Shooting format: 2.8K Anamorphic
Screening format: DCP 2K (2048x858) (1:2,39; 5.1, un-encrypted)
Original language: English, Romanian

Subtitles: English
Cast: Mălina Manovici, Steve Bacic, Dylan Scott Smith, Milan Hurduc, Ruxandra Maniu
Scriptwriter: Ioana Uricaru & Tatiana Ionascu
Director of photography: Friede Clausz
Editor: Mircea Olteanu
Sound design: Kai Tebbel
Producers: Cristian Mungiu, Tudor Reu, Yanick Létourneau, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Arne Kohlweyer, Sean Wheelan
Production company: Mobra Films, Peripheria, 42film, Filmgate Films
Supported by: Centrul National al Cinematografiei, Eurimages, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Telefilm, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles, CAVCO, SODEC - Crédits d’impôts, Film i Vast, Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union


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