UK Premiere. Followed by Q&A with director Ioana Uricaru (on Skype)
(2018 | Romania | Drama | 88 min | in Romanian, with English subtitles)
Stars: Malina Manovici, Dylan Smith, Steve Bacic
The film follows Mara (Malina Manovici), a nurse and single mother who has come to America on a temporary work visa and marries an American she has met only a few months before. In the process of getting a green card she is faced with abuses of power on every level and forced to test her own limits. The writer-director based her plot on the difficulties she faced obtaining residency in America many years ago, empathetically exploring the timely and contentious issue of U.S. immigration.
“The theme of institutional corruption has become recognised as a mainstay of the Romanian New Wave, but Ioana Uricaru’s debut Lemonade, the story of a Romanian woman’s attempt to obtain a United States green card, suggests things aren’t much better in the ‘Land of the Free’. ” (Patrick Gamble for CineVue)