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"Police, Adjectice" is Romania's proposal for Oscar 

de Alina Neagu, transl/adapt. C.B.     HotNews.ro
Joi, 6 august 2009, 15:07 English | Regional Europe

Corneliu Porumboiu tinteste Oscarul
Foto: AGERPRES
The film "Police, Adjective", directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, is Romania's proposal for the next Oscar awards, running for the category "Foreign Language Film". The film received the FIPRESCI award and the Jury's Prize when running for "Un Certain Regard" at Cannes Film Festival, Romanian National Cinematography Centre representatives declared for press agency Mediafax.

The film was praised by the international press, such as Variety and New York Times.

New York Times: "This deadpan meditation on authority and moral conscience is playing out of the main competition, despite being one of the finest films at this year’s festival."

Film critic Wesley Morris for Boston.com: "The cop movie you thought you were watching turns into an altogether different kind of investigation, one about function versus philosophy and that hinges on the reading of a dictionary. I’m not sure the definition of a word has ever been as simultaneously suspenseful and cruelly funny as it is here. The climax of “Police, Adjective” contains as much explanation as the climax of “Broken Embraces.” The difference is that Almodovar uses explication as a means to a rather monotonous end. With Porumboiu, discourse breaks the film wide open and lifts it to greatness."

"Police, adjective" tells the story of a regional cop (Dragos Bucur). He must investigate a minor case, involving a teenager. During the investigation, the policeman realises that he does not believe in his profession anymore.

The comedy was shot in the beginning of 2009, in Vaslui (East Romania) the home city of Corneliu Porumboiu. Here is where Prumboiu also shot "A fost sau n-a fost?" (2006) aka 12:08 East of Bucharest, which won him Camera d'Or at Cannes in 2006.

The jury designating "Police, Adjective" was formed by Romanian film critics Magda Mihailescu, Cristina Corciovescu, Dana Duma, Eugenia Voda, Mihai Chirilov, Dinu Tanase and Eugen Atanasiu, most of them voting in favour of Porumboiu's movie. The film was produced by Periscop Pictures, Racova and raza Studio and enjoyed the Romanian National Cinematography Centre’s financial support (1.488 million lei), and HBO's Romania's support. 


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