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Here's a First Look at Hot Docs Entry 'Waiting for August' from Romania (TRAILER)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 26, 2014 at 3:24PM

From director Teodora Ana Mihai comes "Waiting for August," a slow-boil Romanian social doc about a 15-year-old girl who must care for her six siblings while her mother makes ends meet abroad.
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"Waiting for August"
"Waiting for August"

From director Teodora Ana Mihai comes "Waiting for August," a slow-boil Romanian social doc about a 15-year-old girl who must care for her six siblings in Bacau, one of the country's poorest provinces, while her mother makes ends meet abroad. Produced by Cine d'Oeil Films and A Private View, it plays Hot Docs in Toronto on April 29. Here's a full synopsis:

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.

Hot Docs is one of TOH's favorite doc festivals. Here's the full lineup. Trailer for "Waiting for August" below.

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