A couple of criminals are waiting for Romanian police officer Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) when he arrives on the Canary island of La Gomera. They teach him Silbo, a whistling language developed on the island centuries ago. As very few people have mastered this language, it is highly suitable for passing on secret information. Cristi, as corruptible as a Romanian policeman can be, is in big trouble. It looks like he has overplayed his hand. Both his superiors in the police force and the gangsters he’s working with smell a rat. Is there anyone left he can trust? Certainly not beautiful Gilda (Catrinel Marlon), a classic femme fatale.

In his familiar bone-dry, slightly absurd style, but with a lot more action than we are used to from him, Corneliu Porumboiu tackles subjects including loyalty, corruption, bureaucracy and semantics – all packaged as a stylish, Hitchcockian thriller.

Screenings

  • Thu 23 Jan LantarenVenster 6
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  • Sat 25 Jan de Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    Dutch subtitles + Prelude: Circumplector
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  • Sun 26 Jan Oude Luxor
    Prelude: Circumplector
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  • Tue 28 Jan Pathé 6
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  • Wed 29 Jan Cinerama 4
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Original title
La Gomera
Filmmaker
Corneliu Porumboiu
Country
Romania, France, Germany, Sweden
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
97’
Language
Romanian, English, Spanish
Producer
Marcela Ursu, Patricia Poienaru, Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade
Production Company
42 km Film, Les Films du Worso, Komplizen Film
Sales
mk2 Films
Writer
Corneliu Porumboiu
Cinematography
Tudor Mircea
Editor
Roxana Szel
Production Design
Simona Paduretu
Cast
Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Antonio Buil, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea