EN - Shot in a direct, fly-on-the-wall style, the documentary Waiting for August explores the life of 15-year-old Georgiana Halmac who lives with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. While their mother is away earning a living in Italy, Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of the family and finds her adolescence cut brutally short. The film was the winner of the Best International Feature Award at Toronto’s Hot Docs in 2014.

NL - Georgiana Halmac wordt deze winter 15. Ze woont met haar zes broers en zusjes in een sociale woning in het Roemeense Bacau. Haar moeder Liliana werkt in Turijn en keert niet terug voor de zomer, waardoor Georgiana verplicht is om tijdelijk als gezinshoofd te fungeren. Die verantwoordelijkheid beëindigt haar puberteit. Georgiana zit gevangen tussen haar eigen adolescentie en al wat er van haar wordt verwacht. Ze improviseert, met de de telefoongesprekken met haar moeder als enige, vage richtlijn.

Intieme scènes uit het dagelijks leven van Georgiana en haar broers en zussen tonen ons hoe de kinderen de realiteit te lijf gaan, met hun verbeeldingskracht en ervaring. Maar hoe fris en verrassend hun vindingrijkheid ook is, het evenwicht blijkt bij wijlen erg fragiel.

FR - Tandis que leur mère est partie travailler en Italie pour subvenir à leurs besoins, Georgiana, quinze ans, s'occupe de ses six frères et sœurs dans la banlieue de Bacau en Roumanie. Inspirée par sa propre douleur quant à une séparation similaire, la cinéaste brosse un portrait nuancé et tendre de ces enfants aussi courageux que forcément fragilisés par cette situation, en attendant l'été.


Title Waiting for August
Original title Waiting for August
Original language Romanian
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-04-26


Photography Joachim Philippe
Editing Michèle Hubinon
Sound Felix Blume, Bruno Schweissgut
Music Karim Baggili & Ada Milea
Sound mix Paul Heymans

Technical specs

Running time film 88'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, QT
Aspect ratio 1:2.35
Sound format 5.1, stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners A Private View
Tax shelter partners Delaware


2014: Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (CA), Visions du Réel (CH)


2014: Best International Feature Documentary Award - Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (CA), Best Long Documentary Karlovy Vary, Best Balkan Newcomer, Special Mention - Visions du Réel (CH)

Waiting for August’s September prize haul

Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August has been awarded the prize for Best International Documentary at the Bergen International Film Fest in Norway, while the jury of the Reykjavik Film Festival presented the film with its Environmental Award. The film is currently in theatres in Los Angeles and has a New York release scheduled later this month.

Waiting for AugustBoth prizes follow just a week after Waiting for August picked up yet another award at the Budapest Film Festival, where it screened in the ‘Let Them Be Children’ section. The Bergen International Film Festival in Norway (24 September–1 October) selected the film for its international documentary competition.

Published on Tuesday 7 October 2014

Another Win for Waiting for August in Karlovy Vary

Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August received the Award for Best Documentary Film during the closing ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July). The film has been on a winning spree since receiving the Best International Feature Award at Toronto’s Hot Docs and a Special Mention at Visions du Réel earlier this year.

Waiting for AugustWaiting for August marks Teodora Ana Mihai’s debut as a feature film director. Her Romanian roots led her back to her mother country. In a social housing block on the outskirts of the city of Bacau, 15-year-old Georgiana lives with her six siblings. While their mother is away, Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of the family.

Published on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Karlovy Vary invitation for Waiting for August and Violet

Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August will compete in the documentary competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July), Eastern Europe’s foremost festival. Also invited is Violet by Bas Devos, whose feature debut is set to screen in Another View, the programme dedicated to films with an unusual artistic approach.

Waiting for AugustThe documentary competition in Karlovy Vary consists of 10 feature-length films and six shorts. Waiting for August follows Georgiana Halmac, a 15-year-old Romanian teenager living with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau

Published on Wednesday 4 June 2014

International Feature Award for Mihai’s Waiting for August at Hot Docs

Waiting for August, the documentary feature by Romanian-Flemish director Teodora Ana Mihai, has won the Best International Feature Award at Hot Docs, Toronto’s world-renowned documentary film festival (24 April – 4 May). Meanwhile, the film was also given a Special Mention at the Visions du Réel festival in Switzerland, as was Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary 9999. Finally, Before The Last Curtain Falls, a co-production with Flanders, was also awarded at Hot Docs.

Waiting For August - Hot DocsTeodora Ana Mihai’s documentary debut Waiting for August screened in Hot Docs’ international competition, alongside 12 other documentary features.

Published on Saturday 3 May 2014

Strong Flemish presence in Nyon

Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary feature 9999, Waiting for August by Teodora Ana Mihai and Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot have all been selected for the International Documentary Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The line-up also includes three shorts from Flanders: 28 rue Brichaut, Maybe Darkness and PS São Paulo. Finally, California City, a new project by Sofie Benoot, Isabelle Tollenaere and Liesbeth De Ceulaer will be presented at Pitching du Réel.

9999Benoot’s Desert Haze is to receive its world première in the International Features competition at Visions du Réel, which takes place from April 25 to May 3 this year.

Published on Friday 4 April 2014

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