French sales house Coach 14 has acquired Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective for internationalsales. The film is running in the Un Certain Regard section of next month’s Cannes Film Festival.
Produced by Periscop Pictures, Racova and Raza Studio, the film also had the backing of France’s CNC and the participation of HBO Romania. Porumboiu wrote the screenplay.
The film’s central premise revolves around Cristi, a policeman who refuses to arrest a young man on the minor drug charge of offering hashish. As he believes the law will soon change, the policeman chooses not to make the arrest so as not to have the consequences for the young man on his conscience. The decision has repercussions with Cristi’s superiors, though, who have a different definition of the word conscience. It stars Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Irina Saulescu and Ion Stoica.