The Whistlers

  • 97'
  • Romania
  • 2019

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.

Director
Corneliu Porumboiu
Countries of production
Romania, France, Germany, Sweden
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
97'
Medium
DCP
Original title
La Gomera
Languages
Romanian, English, Spanish
Producers
Marcela Ursu, Patricia Poienaru, Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade
Production Companies
42 km Film, Les Films du Worso, Komplizen Film
Sales
mk2 Films
Screenplay
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
Local Distributor
Cherry Pickers