Century Larkspur Fri, Oct 12, 2018 8:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:88 min.
Director:Ioana Uricaru
Producer:Eike Goreczka
Christoph Kukula
Yanick Létourneau
Cristian Mungiu
Sean Wheelan
Screenwriter:Tatiana Ionascu
Ioana Uricaru
Cinematographer:Friede Clausz
Editor:Mircea Olteanu
Cast:Malina Manovici
Steve Bacic
Dylan Scott Smith
Milan Hurduc
Ruxandra Maniu
Print Source:Mongrel
Note Writer:Angelique Smith


Writer-director Ioana Uricaru gives voice to many that face the harsh and often unfair realities of the immigration process with this drama drawn from real-life events. Mara (Mãlina Manovici, Graduation), an immigrant nurse from Romania waiting for her green card, is doing everything she can to live out her part of the American Dream. She’s working towards having a home, helping her new husband recuperate from illness, and teaching her son English so he can get a good education. But following the rules has only led to bitter setback after setback: The US immigration officer overseeing her case tries to exploit her, she is counting on insurance money that may never arrive to pay for her child’s education, and her spouse is a loose cannon. Feeling helpless as she tries to fight the system while still operating within it, Mara must navigate American culture while managing to save her dignity in the process.

Expected Guest: Cinematographer Friede Clausz

Additional Information

Ioana Uricaru was born in Romania and grew up during the country's communist dictatorship. She initially studied Biology, graduating with a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Bucharest, before she decided to become a filmmaker. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2001 to study at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production and a Doctorate in Critical Studies. Uricaru is a director and screenwriter whose films have been included in the Official Selections at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, and AFI. She co-directed the omnibus Tales from the Golden Age (2009).