Ilie, a small-town police chief, wants to build a modest comfortable life for himself, but ends up making the wrong choices. Middle-aged and alienated, he feels the need to be a part of something - to build an orchard, even a home. Although dubious things happen in the village, Ilie only sees what suits him. The moment he gets involved in the village marks the beginning of his collapse. In a vacuum of solutions, he tries to be what he has never been before: the justice seeker who arrests everyone guilty.
Sarajevo FF (comp.), Tirana IFF (comp.), Festival Intl du Film Francophone de Namur (Special Jury Mention, Best Performance Award), Antalya IFF (comp.), CinEast (comp.), Cottbus IFF (Best Actor), Arras IFF (Best Film) a.o.
"An exceedingly mordant comedy that gradually bleeds out to tragedy" - Guy Lodge VARIETY
"Pitch-dark comedy and sociopolitical commentary collide in Paul Negoescu’s portrait of a bumbling cop" - Neil Young SCREEN
"Paul Negoescu’s fourth feature comes with one of the best performances in recent Romanian cinema." - Ştefan Dobroiu CINEUROPA
"(The protagonist´s) decisions ultimately transform this tightly plotted police procedural, into an absurd crime caper, eschewing the mordant social realism we’ve come to expect from Romanian cinema, and culminating in perhaps the most hilarious Mexican standoff in recent cinema history." - Patrick Gamble CINEVUE
"Twin Peaks with a surreal and bewildered style" - Giampiero Raganelli QUINLAN
Iulian Postelnicu – Ilie / Vasile Muraru – Mayor Constantion / Anghel Damian – Vali / Crina Semciuc – Cristina / Daniel Busuioc – Priest Iordan
Director: Paul Negoescu / Writer: Radu Romaniuc, Oana Tudor / Cinematorgrapher: Ana Drăghici / Editor: Eugen Kelemen / Sound: Marius Leftărache / Music: Marius Leftărache / Art Director: Vanina Geleva / Producer: Anamaria Antoci / Co-producer: Poli Angelova / Production Company: Papillon Film, Tangaj Production, Screening Emotions, Avanpost Production
Original Title: OAMENI DE TREABĂ / shooting format: digital / available for screenings: DCP / color / 106 min / sound format: 5.1 / original language: Romanian with English subtitles / Papillon Film, Tangaj Production, Screening Emotions, Avanpost Production, Romania 2022