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|
|World première / first public presentation||2014-04-26|
|Sound||Felix Blume, Bruno Schweissgut|
|Music||Karim Baggili & Ada Milea|
|Sound mix||Paul Heymans|
|Running time film||88'|
|Other available formats||Blu-ray, QT|
|Sound format||5.1, stereo|
|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)
Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August has been awarded the prize for Best International Documentary at the Hot Springs International Documentary Festival in Arkansas, USA. The film also screened in Australia at the Antenna Documentary Festival, where it was similarly honoured as Best International Documentary.
International praise has kept on coming for Mihai since her documentary debut Waiting for August first made its appearance at the prestigious Hot Docs film festival in April. The film won the International Feature Award there, after which it travelled on to win awards in Karlovy Vary, at Kosovo’s Dokufest, and at the international film festivals of Budapest (Hungary), Bergen (Norway), Astra (Romania), Valdivia (Chile) and Reykjavik (Iceland). Waiting for August has also had theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles.
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.
Both 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.
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 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.
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.
The 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
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.
Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary debut Waiting for August screened in Hot Docs’ international competition, alongside 12 other documentary features.
Last edited by Clin d'oeil films on 24 September 2014