Georgiana Halmac, eldest daughter of her family, turns 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 before 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.

Teodora Mihai

Teodora Mihai (1981) is a Belgian-Romanian documentary maker and scriptwriter. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, under Nicolae Ceausescu’s dictatorship. In '89 she came to Belgium and was reunited with her parents, who had fled there the year before. Mihai studied film at the Sarah Lawrence College in Upstate New York and worked as script supervisor, assistant director and TV maker.

A working grant of € 6.000 allocated on 11/07/2012.


Waiting for August (Canvas, 6 september 2015)



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