Romanian Cinematheque’s Crime Season Ends with ‘Police, Adjective’

Romanian Cinematheque’s Crime Season Ends with 'Police, Adjective'

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Date: 14/05/2015
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Location: Institutul Cultural Român
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The last film in our Romanian Cinematheque’s Crime Season is‘Police, Adjective’ (2009), written and directed by celebrated helmer Corneliu Porumboiu.

The film is a superbly directed and acted meditation on moral choice torn between the imperatives of law, the logic of bureaucratic authority and the personal sense of justice.

The production, shot in Porumboiu’s depressing home town of Vaslui, follows a banal case of hashish possession. Three teenagers, a girl and two boys are smoking dope in the square of a neighborhood school. Cristi, played by award-winning actor Dragoș Bucur, is a young police detective who’s chasing them. Cristi’s superiors demand that one of the schoolboys is arrested, even though the investigations have not yielded any valuable information. Entirely devoted to his job, Cristi is discontented about putting kids away for little drug possession.

[pull_quote_center]The calmness and attention for detail with which Porumboiu shows Cristi’s investigation underline the futility of his actions. The film reveals in simple scenes the complex moral dimensions of an average police investigation[/pull_quote_center] (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010)

Romania 2009/ 115 min/ Produced by: 42 KM Film/ Distributed by Artificial Eye/ In Romanian with English subtitles

Porumboiu’s characters are in transition, irresolute and alienated seeking strength and security through grammar, laws and beliefs With a modest wink, Porumboiu surreptitiously strings together the absurdities, frustration, fruitless struggles and small events of daily existence into his own unexpectedly revelatory cinematic language. Porumboiu’s films keep a certain distance, not too close, not too faraway, just enough for critical surveillance of characters moving around one another, in a dislocated time and space‘. (Brittany Gravely and David Pendleton)

  • When:  14 May, 7pm
  • Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH.
  • Tickets: Admission is free and the seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please confirm your attendance at eventbrite.

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