I only saw one movie today but it was definitely the best film I’ve seen so far at the festival. Polistist, Adjectiv, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, is a Romanian film competing in the Un Certain Regard category. In 2006, Porumboiu’s film 12:08 to Bucharest, received the Camera d’Or (Best First Film) and along with Cristian Mongiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 days, this film began what is now known as Romanian New Wave cinema. Interestingly enough, this moniker has become so popular that the Romanian Pavilion is using it to promote Polistist, Adjectiv and other Romanian films as the festival. So these wonderful films have become just another example of art becoming commercialized – but that’s a discussion for another post.
Polistist, Adjectiv follows a police officer as he follows a teenage drug dealer over a course of three days. He and his superior officer clash over how to sentence the drug dealer and their argument becomes a compelling dialogue exchange. The film is slow, so slow in fact that it is almost a real time film. Each scene is intricately thought out and expected film techniques are rarely used. Characters often leave the screen or are out of frame. These long and sloq sequences often have a complete lack of dialogue, making the moments when characters do interact all the more important.
Polistist, Adjectiv is a great film and it has completely confirmed my love for current Romanian cinema.