New Release: Police, Adjective DVD

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Irina Saulescu and Dragos Bucur ponder the future in Police, Adjective.

Zeitgeist released the 2009 foreign-language comedy-drama Police, Adjective, by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East of Bucharest), on DVD on Aug. 30, 2011. It carries a list price of $29.99.

The winner of two prizes at the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival — the FIPRESCI and Un Certain Regard Jury Prizes — the movie tells the story of Cristi (Dragos Bucur), a young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he’s forced to arrest a teenager who offers hashish to classmates. Cristi doesn’t want to ruin the life of a teen whom he think is merely irresponsible, so he must either allow the arrest to weigh on his conscience or face disciplinary action by his self-serious superior (Vlad Ivanov, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days).

Presented in Romanian with English subtitles, the masterfully ironic Police, Adjective features one of the best, funniest and completely unexpected climaxes that we’ve seen in a long time.

Following its victories at Cannes and an international film festival run, the film enjoyed a limited release in U.S. theaters back in December of 2009.

The DVD includes a collectible eight-page press booklet.

Take a look at the film’s trailer:


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