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: Vision Du Réel (CH), Hot Docs (CA), Moscow International Film Festival (RU), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (CZ), Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival (CY), Dokufest Kosovo (XK), IDFA International Documentary Film Festival (NL), Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (GE), DMZ International Korean Filmfestival (KR), Calgary International Film Festival (CA), Budapest International Documentary Festival (HU), Bergen International Film Festival (NO), Camden International Film Festival (US), Reykjavik International Film Festival (IS), Vancouver International Film Festival (CA), Astra Film Festival (RO), Valdivia International Film Festival (CL), BFI London Film Festival (UK), Hot Springs Documentary Filmfestival (US), Antenna Documentary Festival (AU), Mostra São Paolo (BR), Ânûû-rû Âboro - Festival International du Cinéma des Peuples (NC), Zagreb Film Festival (HR), Film Fest Gent (BE), Inconvenient Film Vilnius (LT), Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival (IE), Bozeman Doc Series (US), Cork Film Festival (IE), International Film Festival Listapad (BY), Zinebi - Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival (ES), Jerusalem Anthropological Film Festival (IL), Le mois du film documentaire (FR), Enfances dans le monde - Festival de films documentaires à Paris (FR), Regent Park Film Festival (CA), Malatya International Film Festival (TR), Torino Film Festival (IT), Singapore International Film Festival (SG), Porto/Post/Doc Film & Media Festival (PT), International Film Festival This Human World (CH), Mirrors Of Romania Laak-NL (RO)


2014: Regard Neuf Special Mention - Vision Du Réel (CH), Best International Documentary Award - Hot Docs (CA), Best Long Documentary Award - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (CZ), Best Documentary, section 'Let them be children' - Budapest International Documentary Festival (HU), Best International Documentary - Bergen International Film Festival (NO), Best Romanian Documentary - Astra Film Festival (RO), Best International Documentary - Valdivia International Film Festival (CL), SBS Award for Best International Documentary - Antenna Documentary Festival (AU)


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Short and Documentary Ensor nominations announced

Before the Last Curtain Falls, Twilight of a Life and Waiting for August are nominated for this year's Best Documentary Ensor Award. Nominations in the Best Short category went to Homeful Bliss, L'infini, The Pond, Oma, Paradise and Mechanical Waltz. The winners will be announced on at a gala closing the Ostend Film Festival on 19 September.

Trailer Twilight of a LifeBefore the Last Curtain Falls (Gardenia), Thomas Wallner portrays a group of ageing drag artists who set out, one last time, to relive their once glamorous lives by touring their play ‘Gardenia’ around Europe and Southeast Asia. Sylvain Biegeleisen's Twilight of a Life follows the final week's of his 94-year-old mother's life. It's a film about life, full of humour and emotion… In Waiting For August, Teodora Ana Mihai follows 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.

Published on Monday 31 August 2015

Flemish six-pack at Helsinki’s DocPoint Festival

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.

Waiting for August TrailerAfter 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.

Published on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Torino Film Festival invites three Flemish debuts

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.

Eau ZooAfter 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.

Published on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Waiting for August nominated for European Film Award

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.

Waiting for AugustShot 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.

Published on Monday 10 November 2014

Waiting for August rings up number 10

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.

Waiting for AugustInternational 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.

Published on Wednesday 22 October 2014

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Writers Teodora Ana Mihai

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