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, plus the conflicting values of religion on the one hand, and commercial TV stations on the other, 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. Director Teodora Ana Mahai joins us for a conversation on her intimate, moving portrait of a family held together by a remarkable teenage girl and a mother’s phone calls.
Best International Documentary – HOT DOCS 2014
Best Documentary – Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Waiting for August opens Friday, October 3rd with daily screenings at 1pm, 3.10pm, 5.35pm, 7.50pm and 10.15pm. Laemmle Theatre information go to: laemmle.com/
Director Teodora Ana Mahai will be at the Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, for a Q & A following the Friday, Oct 3rd 7:50 pm screening and the Saturday, Oct 4th 5.35 pm screening
“Exploring economic migration from the point of view of children, “Waiting for August” is an impressive, if muted, debut documentary.” – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times