WAITING FOR AUGUST, documentary by Teodora Mihai (Romania)

88min – HD Sony F3 – color
Teodora Mihai
Production: Clin d’Oeil Films / A Private View
Sound Recording: Bruno Schweisguth, Félix Blume
Sound Editing: Frédéric Meert
Mixing: Paul Heymans
DOP: Joachim Philippe, Mihnea Propescu
Editing: Michèle Hubinon
Music: Karim Baggili

Georgiana Halmac, eldest daughter of her family, is turning fifteen this winter. She lives with her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau (Romania). Their mother Liliana, an economic migrant in Torino, will not be back till the summer.
During mother’s absence, Georgiana is catapulted to the role of new head of the family. Her adolescence is brutally cut short, when she becomes responsible for her brothers and sisters. Caught between puberty and responsibilities, she moves ahead improvising. Phone conversations with her mom are her only guidelines.
Intimate scenes from the daily life of Georgiana and her siblings will show us—uncensored, in fly-on-the-wall style— how real events are experienced and interpreted with great imagination by these children.
One is bound to be amazed by their great ingenuity, while also realizing how fragile their daily balance is.

FESTIVALS: Vision Du Réel (Nyon), Hot Docs (Toronto), Moscow International Film Festival (Moscou), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (République Tchèque), Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival (Chypre), Dokufest Kosovo, IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Summer, Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (Georgie), DMZ International Korean Filmfestival, Calgary Filmfestival (Canada), Budapest International Documentary Festival, Bergen International Film Festival (Belgique), Camden International Film Festival (Angleterre), Reykjavik International Filmfestival, Vancouver International Filmfestival, Astra Film Festival (Roumanie), Valdivia International Film Festival (Chili), BFI London Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Filmfestival (USA), Antenna Documentary Festival (Sydney), Mostra São Paolo (Brésil), Ânûû-rû Âboro – Festival International du Cinéma des Peuples (Nouvelle Calédonie), Zagreb Film Festival, Film Fest Ghent (Belgique), Inconvenient Film Litauen/Vilnius (Lithuanie), Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival (Irlande), Bozeman Doc Series (USA), Cork Film Festival (Irlande), International Film Festival Listapad (Minsk, Biélorussie), ZINEBI International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Bilbao (Espagne), Jerusalem Anthropological Film Festival, Le mois du film documentaire (France), Enfances dans le monde – Festival de films documentaires à Paris, IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Regent Park Film Festival (Canada), Malatya International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival (Italie), Singapore International Film Festival, Porto/Post/Doc Film & Media Festival, International Film Festival IFF This Human World, Mirrors Of Romania Laak-NL, DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, ReFrame Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, Punto Vista International Documentary Festival of Navarra

AWARDS: Hot Docs 2014 – Best International Feature Documentary, Karlovy Vary International Film festival 2014 – Best Long Documentary, Vision du Réel, Nyon 2014 – Honorary Mention, Dokufest Kosovo – Balkan Best Newcomer, Budapest International Filmfestival – Best Documentary, Bergen International Film Festival – Best International Documentary, Astra Film Festival – Best Documentary in the Romanian competition, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland – Environmental Award, category « A Different Tomorrow », Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Australia – SBS Award for Best International Documentary, Valdivia International Film Festival, Chile – Best International Film Award, Batumi International Art-House Film Festival – Special Mention, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, USA – Best International Feature Documentary

IN THEATERS: Los Angeles & New York (October 2014), Belgium,