Corneliu Porumboiu
Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar

WFFA 2020 : The Whistlers (La Gomera) – POSTPONED

Nov 24th
7:30 pm
€9 |

98 minutes | Romania, France, Germany | 2019 | Age: 15A

Corrupt Romanian policeman Cristi (the always watchable Vlad Ivanov) is forced to travel by the mobsters he is involved with to the Canary Island of La Gomera –  the endgame is to breakout from prison a Bucharest businessman, who apparently knows the whereabouts of a stash of cash hidden in a mattress. To avoid police surveillance, Crisit must learn the island’s indigenous whistle language called “El Siblo”, so that he can communicate with his accomplices …

With a plot full of double-crosses, a femme fatale called Gilda and many other references to classic Hollywood cinema, the latest from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East of Bucharest) is a uniquely entertaining, smart and dead-pan funny thriller.



Cannes Film Festival 2019

Toronto International Film Festival 2019

BFI London Film Festival 2019

Cork International Film Festival 2019

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020

Glasgow Film Festival 2020

“★ ★ ★ ★ This Romanian comedy-drama about a dirty cop doffs its cap to classic Hollywood … film-maker Corneliu Porumboiu dispenses with the miserabilism associated with his country’s cinema in this tart romp about a tangle of double crossings.”

Simran Hans, The Observer UK


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