Traffic Department

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Traffic Department
Poland, 2013, 117 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Black Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Polish English Sub-Titles

This gritty, gripping, intelligently made crime thriller takes place on the mean streets of contemporary Warsaw and exposes the corruption endemic in the police – and society at large. Writer/director Smarzowski focuses on seven police officers, members of the eponymous division, who are friends as well as colleagues, and whose lives change after one of their number dies in mysterious circumstances. As much a social critique as a genre piece, the pic has already passed the million admissions mark in Poland.

As in Smarzowski’s earlier features, the multi-layered narrative takes place in a nihilistic world where human venality and immorality are the order of the day. One can even see each of the policemen as representing one of the seven deadly sins, although the script never overplays this aspect. Personifying pride is chief protagonist Sgt. Krol (Bartlomiej Topa), a cocky, independent-minded cop who is having an affair with his partner.

“Don't be fooled by the bland title: this breakneck-fast plunge into a rancidly corrupt Warsaw police-division is strong meat indeed, its violently savage cynicism expertly marbled with a streak of ribald black humor.”
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Polish Film Awards

DIRECTOR: Wojtek Smarzowski
Producer: Dariusz Pietrykowski, Andrzej Polec
Editor: Pawel Laskowski
Screenwriter: Wojtek Smarzowski
Cinematographer: Piotr Sobocinski Jr.
Music: Mikolaj Trzaska
Principal Cast: Bartlomiej Topa, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Julia Kijowska, Eryk Lubos, Robert Wabich, Marcin Dorocinski, Jacek Braciak
Filmography: Rose (2001)
The Dark House (2009)
The Wedding (2004)
Print Source: Film it

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