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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

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September 21, 2015

Chicago Premiere

Police, Adjective
(Politist, adjectiv)

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Jury Prize
Cannes Film Fest
Critics' Pick "So much in this meticulous and moving film is between the lines, and almost nothing is by the book"
  —New York Times
"A deadly serious as well as dryly humorous analysis of bureaucratic procedure and, particularly, the tyranny of language"
  —Village Voice
4 stars
  —Chicago Tribune
"Low-boiling but addictive"
  —Chicago Reader

Police, Adjective is a beautifully acted, modern morality play about the boundary between maintaining the law and a sense of justice. A young Romanian policeman wonders whether it is a good idea to put school children in jail just because they smoke marijuana. Cristi, a young cop, has for some time been following a schoolboy who is suspected of drug smuggling, based on a tip by an informer. Cristi's superiors demand that the schoolboy is arrested, even though the investigations have not yielded any valuable information. "If anyone has anything to do with drugs, then it is my informer," Cristi complains. In addition, why does he have to rob every Romanian adolescent of his freedom and future when, in the Czech Republic and the rest of Europe people can smoke hash wherever they like?

But despite the futility of the mission, his attempts to convince his bosses are met with stern reminders not to question the letter of the law: the law is the law and Cristi is a policeman—isn't he?

In simple scenes, Corneliu Porumboiu reveals the complex moral dimensions of an average police investigation as we soon witness an exhilarating verbal tennis match about conscience, morality and the true meaning of language.

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009, Romania, 115 mins. In Romanian with English subtitles.

Screening is preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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