Screen can reveal the first trailer for Paul Negoescu’s Romanian police drama Men Of Deeds, ahead of the film’s world premiere in competition at Sarajevo Film Festival this month.

German firm Patra Spanou is handling sales on the title, which follows a village policeman in his late thirties, who is put in a dark place by his past choices and a chain of violent events.

It is Romanian filmmaker Negoescu’s fourth feature, but the first time he has directed from a script by another writer – Radu Romaniuc and Oana Tudor in this case.

“Romanian cinema is well known as an ‘auteur cinema’ so it’s not a very common thing for a filmmaker to direct a script they have not written themselves,” said Negoescu. “When I got the script I hesitated to accept it for more than half a year; until I realise that Ilie is the kind of character I was always interested in, even if the stories I wrote were mostly urban stories of middle-class men.”

“In all these characters, I was interested in their inadaptation and inability to connect to their emotions.”

The film is produced by Anamaria Antoci for Romania’s Tangaj Production, with Romania’s Papillon Film, Avanpost, and Bulgaria’s Screening Emotions.

The 28th Sarajevo Film Festival begins on August 12, running until August 19.