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Oameni de treaba

Australian Premiere

“A slow-burning and likeable pitch-dark comedy from Romanian director Paul Negoescu.” – Screen International

Having failed to cut it in the city, mild-mannered Romanian cop Ilie takes a low-pressure job as a police chief in a rural village near the Moldovan border. 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.

When a man is murdered and Ilie does nothing, another bloodied body appears and forces him to jump to the other extreme, trying to be what he has never been before, a man of justice.

Fresh from the U.S. success of his indie hit Two Lottery Tickets, director Paul Negoescu goes into Twin Peaks-like territory and flexes his Coen Brothers’ muscles in his latest darkly comic outing that plays like a Romanian Fargo, with added pitch-black humour and a palatable sense of dread and its inevitable outcome.

Winner of 6 Gopo Awards (Romanian Academy Awards) for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing


Unclassified 18+




Bulgaria, Romania


Romanian, Ukrainian (English subtitles)


Paul Negoescu

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