Men of Deeds

Oameni de treabă

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

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. A nuanced, ironic, exploration of the foundations of toxic masculinity and the inability (or unwillingness) to fit the traditional social standards, featuring one of the best performances in contemporary Romanian cinema.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Paul Negoescu
Script: Radu Romaniuc, Oana Tudor
Cinematography: Ana Drăghici
Editing: Eugen Kelemen
Sound: Marius Leftărache, Marian Bălan
Music: Marius Leftărache
Actors: Iulian Postelnicu, Vasile Muraru, Anghel Damian, Crina Semciuc, Daniel Busuioc
Production: Papillon Film, Tangaj Production, Screening Emotions, Avanpost Production
Producers: Anamaria Antoci
Co-producers: Poli Angelova
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Romania, Bulgaria
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 106΄
Contact: Patra Spanou Film

Paul Negoescu

Born in 1984, Paul Negoescu, studied film directing at the national film school in Bucharest. His short films were selected in many international festivals including Cannes (Semaine de la Critique – 2012), Berlinale (2008, 2009, and 2010), Karlovy Vary, and Rotterdam. Two of his short films (Renovation and Derby) were nominated at the European Film Academy Awards in 2009 and 2011. His debut film A Month in Thailand premiered at the Venice Film Festival (International Critics’ Week) in 2012 and was awarded the FIPRESCI prize at Sofia International Film Festival and Best Debut in Transilvania International Film Festival. His second feature, Two Lottery Tickets, a micro-budget independent film, became one of the most successful Romanian films at the box office and was also very well received by festivals and critics. The Story of a Summer Lover, his third feature, was distributed by Netflix in over 30 territories.


2008 Late (short)
2009 Renovation (short)
2010 Derby (short)
2012 Horizon (short)
2012 A Month in Thailand
2016 Two Lottery Tickets
2018 The Story of a Summer Lover
2022 Men of Deeds