O.V. in English and Romanian subtitled in Spanish and English
Ioana Uricaru won the Best Director Award at Sarajevo for Lemonade, in which she successfully combines a story of institutional injustice with a journey towards empowerment. Mara, a Romanian nurse, marries rather hastily so as to get her green card, which will allow her to live in the U.S., land of opportunities, and bring her son Dragos to live with her. But she only has to come up against a dishonest official and all her plans are endangered and all her limits are put to the test, in a film that brings together the best of the Romanian new wave and American indie cinema.
Direction: Ioana Uricaru
Guion: Ioana Uricaru, Tatiana Ionascu
Cinematography: Friede Clausz
Editing: Mircea Olteanu
Sound: Kai Tebbel
Cast: Mălina Manovici, Steve Bacic, Dylan Scott Smith, Milan Hurduc, Ruxandra Maniu
Production: Cristian Mungiu, Tudor Reu, Yanick Létourneau, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Arne Kohlweyer, Sean Wheelan.
Production Company: Mobra Films, Peripheria, 42film, Filmgate Films
She was born and grew up in Romania, where she studied biology before training as a filmmaker. She has a Master in Film and Television Production and a doctorate in Critical Studies, both from the University of Southern California. She has participated in the Berlinale Talents, the Cinefondation Residency in Cannes, the Sundance Lab and the Torino Film Lab. Recently she won a scholarship from the American Academy in Berlin. She has directed numerous short films, and formed part of the project Tales from the Golden Age (2009), part of the selection in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Lemonade, her first feature film, premiered at the Berlinale and won the Best Director Award in Sarajevo.