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Lemonade

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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.

Synopsis

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.

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

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

'Manovici delivers a sensitive and convincing performance'
CINEVUE

'Lemonade marks the emergence of a quietly compelling new voice'
Frédéric Boyer, programmer of Tribeca FF

'Lemonade denounces bigotry, xenophobia and a bureaucratic immigration system subjected to personal whims'
DIRTY MOVIES

'Culturally rich, relevant and realist'
EAST EUROPEAN FILM BULLETIN

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Details

Director: Ioana Uricaru
Genre: Drama
English title: Lemonade
Country of production: Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden
Year of production: 2018
Length: 88 min
Color: 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
Co-producers: Anthony Muir
Production company: Mobra Films, Peripheria, 42film, Filmgate Films
Co-production company: Film i Väst
Supported by: Centrul National al Cinematografiei, Eurimages, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Telefilm, Société de développement des industries culturelles - Québec, SODEC - Crédits d’impôts - Québec, CAVCO, Film i Väst, Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the Europea

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International poster of LEMONADE

Festivals / Awards

Berlinale Panorama, Germany – World Premiere
Tribeca FF, USA – International Narrative Competition
goEast FF, Germany
Netia OFF Camera, Poland – Main Competition
Jeonju IFF, South Korea – International Competition
Diaspora IFF, South Korea
Seattle IFF, USA
Provincetown FF, USA
FEST – New Directors, New Films Festival, Portugal – Golden Lynx for Best Feature Film
Jerusalem FF, Israel – International Debuts Competition
Film and Art Festival Two Riversides, Poland
Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Germany
Sarajevo FF,  Bosnia & Herzegovina – Competition - Feature Film

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