IFC Films has acquired US rights to Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective, which has been named Romania’s foreign language Oscar submission for the 2009/10 awards season.
Porumboiu’s follow-up to 12:08 East Of Bucharest centres on a police officer on a surveillance mission who has a crisis of faith.
Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Ion Stoica and Irina Saulescu star in the film, which received its world premiere in Un Certain Regard in Cannes.
Vice-president of acquisitions Arianna Bocco did the deal with Pape Boye of Coach 14. IFC will release on its IFC In Theaters day-and-date theatrical and VOD platform next year.
IFC previously released such Romanian titles as Cristian Mungiu’s 2007 Palme D’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, Cristian Nemescu’s California Dreamin’, and Radu Muntean’s Boogie (aka Summer Holiday), and recently acquired Mungiu’s Tales From The Golden Age.
This marks IFC Films’ fifth acquisition from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival including Tales From The Golden Age, Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric, and Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank.
“Romanian films have been taking the world by storm, and we’re thrilled to continue bringing them to America,” IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said. “Corneliu Porumbiou’s police, adjective is surely the smartest and drolly funny film of the year with one of the most remarkable endings in recent memory.”