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.

The film premiered in the International Spectrum section of Toronto’s prestigious Hot Docs festival and won the International Feature Award. At Visions du Réel, Waiting for August received a special mention, going on to win Best Documentary in Karlovy Vary. More recently, it has been honoured in Iceland, Norway and Romania. As of this week, Waiting for August is in release in a number of Belgian cinemas.

Waiting for August, together with the other five nominated documentaries, will now be submitted to the 3,000-plus EFA members. The winner will be announced during the European Film Awards Ceremony on December 13 in Riga.

Hanne Phlypo and Antoine Vermeesch of Clin d’Oeil Films (Houses With Small Windows, The Art of Becoming) produced Waiting for August in co-production with A Private View (Marry Me). International sales are handled by Rise & Shine. The documentary received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Monday 10 November 2014

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