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January 23–29

Chicago Premiere

Waiting for August

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Best Documentary
Karlovy Vary
Intl Film Fest
Critics' Pick "A quiet film of weight and joy, is its sense of desperate normalcy"
  —Village Voice
  —Los Angeles Times
3 stars "Effus[es] poignancy with a non-invasive vérité that simply witnesses life as it transpires"
  —Slant Magazine
3 stars½ "Perceptive, heartbreaking... [Teodora Ana] Mihai's film is tightly focused and, at times, almost painfully intimate"
  —Chicago Tribune

Georgiana Halmac is turning 15 this winter, but she has no time for teenage dreams since her mother has to take a job in Italy to provide for the family. Georgiana is left in charge of her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. Caught between adolescence and the responsibilities of adulthood, she does the best she can, improvising with parenting advice from soap operas and the occasional phone call with her mother, while dealing with all of the pitfalls of being a teenage girl. As she handles her own issues and high-school dramas, Georgiana must also deal with prying neighbors who threaten to turn the whole family into social services. As months go by, the siblings improvise and adjust to their circumstances, all while becoming increasingly homesick for the voice on the other end of the phone. With incredible calm and stoicism, Georgiana amazes as she holds everything together in an ingenious and delicate balance.

This astute, award-winning observational documentary by filmmaker Teodora Ana Mihai is doubly remarkable when you realize it is her debut feature and her compassionate humanism showcases the fragility and buoyant resiliency of children in this tale of immigration and financial hardship.

Directed by Teodora Ana Mihai, Belgium/Romania, 2014, 88 mins. In Romanian with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Jan. 23 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Jan. 24 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Jan. 25 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon. & Wed.–Thurs., Jan. 26 & 28–29 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Tues., Jan. 27 at 9:30 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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