FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KIMSTIM/ZEITGEIST BOW DOUBLE CANNES WINNER Police, Adjective ON DVD AUGUST 30TH
New York (July 20, 2011) — Zeitgeist Films and KimStim proudly announce the DVD release of one of most acclaimed and inspired films of the Romanian New Wave, Police, Adjective. The latest whip- smart comedic masterpiece from internationally hailed auteur Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East of Bucharest), Police, Adjective won both the FIPRESCI and Un Certain Regard Jury Prizes at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and was Romania's Official Selection for the 2009 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®.
Police, Adjective arrives on DVD on August 30, 2011, with an SRP of $29.99.
Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is pressured to arrest a teenager who offers hashish to classmates. Not wanting to ruin the life of a young man he considers merely irresponsible, Cristi must either allow the arrest to weigh on his conscience, or face censure by his self-serious superior (Vlad Ivanov, of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), for whom the word "conscience" has an entirely different meaning. Porumboiu approaches his story with the exacting patience of a master ironist, culminating in one of the most unexpected comedic payoffs in years—an extraordinary dissection of language that affirms his reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in European cinema.
• New transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing
• Optional English subtitles
• Collectible press booklet, featuring an extensive interview with director Corneliu Porumboiu
• Original theatrical trailer
KimStim/Zeitgeist's DVD edition of Police, Adjective is available in the U.S. only.
Film/DVD info: 2009 • Color • 115 mins • Romania • In Romanian with optional English Subtitles
16:9 aspect ratio • Cat. no. KS2084 • UPC 698452208435
Celebrating more than 20 years as one of America's preeminent independent distributors, New York-based Zeitgeist Films has built an impressively diverse catalogue of foreign, documentary and arthouse titles by such renowned directors as Todd Haynes, Jan Svankmajer, Peter Greenaway, Abbas Kiarostami, Guy Maddin, Kirby Dick, Atom Egoyan, Agnès Varda, François Ozon, Derek Jarman, Yvonne Rainer, Olivier Assayas, Philippe Garrel, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Carlos Saura and the Quay Brothers. Current and upcoming theatrical releases: Bill Cunningham New York, a delicious documentary romp through the world of the eponymous legendary NY Times fashion photog; Queen to Play, a picturesque French dramedy starring Oscar® winner Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire; and The Tree, an Australian drama starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and directed by Julie Bertuccelli (Since Otar Left). In August 2010, Zeitgeist also became the exclusive home media distributor of KimStim, an eclectic Brooklyn-based arthouse label with a library of 50+ films from groundbreaking directors including Alain Resnais, Raul Ruiz, André Techiné, Chantal Akerman, François Ozon, Laurent Cantet, Seijun Suzuki, Jafar Panahi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami and Otar Iosseliani.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR POLICE, ADJECTIVE "FOUR STARS. A brilliant black comedy about language, power and law enforcement as deployed by bureaucrats with a totalitarian song in their hearts." —Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune "FURTHER PROOF OF THE STRENGTH OF THE ROMANIAN NEW WAVE." —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times "MARVELOUSLY RICH.... So much in this meticulous and moving film is between the lines, and almost nothing is by the book." —A.O. Scott, The New York Times "A SMALL MASTERPIECE. Corneliu Porumbiou has confounded the sophomore jinx with an absurdist comedy that is even drier, deeper, and more closely observed than his estimable debut. Police, Adjective has something of the deadpan theatricality that characterized early Jim Jarmusch." —J. Hoberman, The Village Voice "MORE EVIDENCE OF THE REMARKABLE RECENT RENAISSANCE IN ROMANIAN CINEMA." —Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times "GENIUS." —David Fear, Time Out New York "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. With Porumboiu, discourse breaks the film wide open and lifts it to greatness." —Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe "A MASTERPIECE." —Henry Stewart, The L Magazine "AN INGENIOUS FORMAL EXPERIMENT MASQUERADING AS A NATURALISTIC DOCUDRAMA, a quietly hilarious deadpan comedy, and, of all things, a thought-provoking rumination on language. Police, Adjective marks yet another stunning success for the new generation of Romanian filmmakers." —Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail
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