Directed by Ioana Uricaru, drama, 88 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Ioana Uricaru, Tatiana Ionascu
With Mălina Manovici, Steve Bacic, Dylan Scott Smith, Milan Hurduc, Ruxandra Maniu
This debut feature by Romanian writer-director Ioana Uricaru, produced by Palme d'Or winner Crisian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) is a brave and powerful immigration drama on the difficulties often faced by people leaving their own country in pursuit of the American dream, when confronted with the austere system, not to mention a xenophobic society.
Uricaru, an immigrant in the US herself, draws an intimate portrait of a young Romanian woman, wanting to provide a better life for herself and her little son, while her dreams are met with the hostile reality. Working in the US on a temporary visa as a caretaker, Mara (excellent performance by Malina Manovici) marries Daniel, an American. After the arrival of her son Dragos, everything seems to fall perfectly into place. When the process of getting a green card veers unexpectedly off course, Mara is faced with abuses of power on every level and is forced to answer a dark question about herself – how far would you go to get what you want? World premiered in the Berlinale Panorama.
Berlin IFF 2018 (Panorama)
Sarajevo IFF 2018 (Best Director)
FEST FF 2018 (Best Feature)