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QUEBEC , Romania , Germany , Sweden | 88 minutes | 2018

Mara, a caregiver, left her native Romania in search of a better life in the U.S. After wedding one of her patients, she now attempts to repatriate her son, aged nine. Resigned to the machinery of immigration, she embarks on the long road of the migrant: endless waits, demeaning interrogations and occasional violent abuse. While Uricaru’s film bears the unmistakable stamp of its producer Cristian Mungiu, it shows even more heart. Trawling the murky depths of the American dream, it’s a superb portrayal of a woman and mother, foregoing sentimentality for a terse intensity that bites.

Q&A with the filmmaker and the main actress

The film will be screened in its original version with french subtitles on October 11th and with english subtitles on October 12th

Berlin Film Festival (Panorama)
Best Director - Sarajevo Film Festival

Programs

Thursday October 11, 2018

Program #201
21:00
Cineplex Odeon Quartier SALLE 10

Friday October 12, 2018

Program #210
17:15
Cinéma du Parc 2

Ioana Uricaru

Ioana Uricaru is a director, screenwriter, and Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. She was born in Cluj, Romania, under the communist dictatorship, and lived through the violent anti-government 1989 uprising and often traumatic political transition that followed. Uricaru earned her MSci in biochemistry from the University of Bucharest before she decided to become a filmmaker. In 2001 Uricaru relocated to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she received her MFA in Film and Television Production and PhD in Critical Studies. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between discourse and experience in cinema, analyzed through the perspective of the neuroscience of emotion. Her scholarship on contemporary Romanian cinema has been published in The Velvet Light Trap, Film Quarterly, The Blackwell Companion to Eastern European Cinemas (edited by Aniko Imre), and New Romanian Cinema (edited by Christina Stojanova and Dana Duma). Her film criticism and reviews have appeared in Romanian and international newspapers and journals.

Uricaru’s films have been included in the official selections at, among others, Cannes (2009), Sundance (2011), and the American Film Institute (2007). She co-directed the omnibus Tales from the Golden Age (Mobra Films, 2009), distributed commercially in over 30 countries. Her first feature project as a writer/director, Lemonade, which she calls a “European take on the ‘American Dream,’” was supported by the Cinefondation Residency of the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Directors’ lab program.

distribution and credits

  • Screenplay Ioana Uricaru
  • Cast Malina Manovici, Steve Bacic, Dylan Smith

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