Waiting for August

Direction
Year 
2014
Country
  • Belgium
  • Romania
Runtime
88min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

Georgiana Halmac turns 15 this winter. She lives with her six brothers and sisters in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. Their mother Liliana was forced to leave her family behind to go to Turin, Italy, to earn money. She won’t be back before summer. During their mother’s absence, Georgiana has been catapulted into the role of head of the family, responsible for her siblings. Her adolescence is cut brutally short.

Caught between puberty and responsibility, Georgiana moves ahead, improvising as she goes. Phone conversations with her mom are her only guidelines. Intimate scenes from the daily life of the seven siblings show us – in an uncensored, fly-on-the-wall style – how real events are experienced and interpreted with great imagination by the children.

You can’t help being amazed by their ingenuity, while also realizing how precarious their daily equilibrium is.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Waiting for August
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Joachim Philippe, Mihnea Popescu
  • Editing
    Michèle Hubinon
  • Music
    Karim Baggili
  • Sound
    Frédéric Meert, Paul Heymans
  • Runtime
    88 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2014
  • Country
    • Belgium
    • Romania
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2014
    • Antenns Docs Festival 2014
    • Bergen International Film Festival 2014
    • Astra Film Festival Sibiu 2014
    • European Film Awards 2014
    • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2014
    • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2014
    • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014
    • Nyon Visions du Reel 2014
    • Reykjavik International Film Festival 2014
    • Torino International Festival of Young Cinema 2014
    • Valdivia International Film Festival 2015
  • Awards
    • Antenns Docs Festival 2014 - winner Festival Prize
    • Bergen International Film Festival 2014 - Best Documentary
    • Astra Film Festival Sibiu 2014 - Best Romanian Documentary
    • European Film Awards 2014 - nominated for Best Documentary Award
    • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2014 - winner Best International Documentary
    • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2014 - winner Grand Jury Prize
    • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014 - winner Best Documentary
    • Nyon Visions du Reel 2014 - winner Special Mention
    • Reykjavik International Film Festival 2014 - winner Environmental Award
    • Valdivia International Film Festival 2015 - winner Best Film

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