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)
Celebrating its 14th edition, Helsinki’s DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (January 27 – February 1) this year boasted a programme packed with films from Flanders. In addition to Waiting for August, 9999 and Desert Haze, the festival also featured Elephant’s Dream, State of Play and Nathan, Free as a Bird. Three docs co-produced with Flanders - See No Evil, Ming of Harlem and Ne me quitte pas - also made an appearance in Helsinki.
After successful outings at Hot Docs, Karlovy Vary and Visions du Réel, Teodora Ana Mihai was in Helsinki to present Waiting for August. Produced by Clin d’Oeil Films, the film follows a 15-year-old Romanian girl as she takes care of her six brothers and sisters while their mother is away earning a living in Italy.
Violet by Bas Devos and Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August have both been selected for competition at this year’s Torino Film Festival (21-29 November). Emilie Verhamme’s feature film debut Eau Zoo will have its international premiere at the Festival, while In Your Name, co-produced with Flanders, and Michaël R. Roskam’s The Drop are also part of the line-up.
After stops in Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Montreal and Los Angeles, Violet now heads for Turin, where it is to screen in the Torino 32 competition programme. Screening in the TFFDOC documentary competition, meanwhile, is Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August. Emilie Verhamme’s Eau Zoo receives its international premiere at the Torino Film Festival.
Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary Waiting for August is one of six nominees for this year’s European Film Award for Best Documentary. Mihai’s debut film about a Romanian teenager in charge of the family household has been receiving critical acclaim worldwide since its premiere in Toronto this year.
Shot in a direct, fly-on-the-wall style, Mihai’s documentary focuses on 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 money in Italy, Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of family and finds her adolescence cut brutally short.
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.
Last edited by VAF on 9 December 2014