06-24 November 2019



European Showcase
Corneliu Porumboiu

Romania, France, Germany, Sweden

2019 / 97’ / Hawaii Premiere / Romanian


Corrupt cop Cristi (Vlad Ivanow) travels to the Canary Island of La Gomera, where he collaborates with mobsters in order to try and free a shady Bucharest businessman named Zsolt, who is believed to know the whereabouts of a mattress containing millions in cash. Under heavy surveillance on the island, Cristi is taught by the local gangsters and a femme fatale  named Gilda (Catrinel Marlon) to communicate in an indigenous whistle language called "El Siblo," unintelligible to the police because it sounds like bird calls.

 In his latest film, THE WHISTLERS, Corneliu Porumboiu, a vanguard of the Romanian New Wave (known for its realist minimalism and austere, black humor), “gives us a knotty, twisty, nifty plot that’s quite involved but hangs together well, and there’s an amusing juxtaposition of gloomy, rainy Bucharest and the sunny terrain of La Gomera. We also get a neat and unexpected coda. An elegant and stylishly crafted piece of entertainment” (THE GUARDIAN).

-Adrian Alarilla

Friday 8 20:45 - 22:27Regal Dole Cannery 14
Sunday 10 18:30 - 20:12Regal Dole Cannery 15
DirectorCorneliu Porumboiu.
CastVlad Ivanov and Marlon Catrinel.
ScreenplayCorneliu Porumboiu.
CinematographerTudor Mircea.
DistributorMagnolia Pictures.

Maren Ade ... co-producer
Alejandro Arenas ... associate producer
Fran Borgia ... line producer: Singapore
Mihai Busuioc ... line producer
Jonas Dornbach ... co-producer
Janine Jackowski ... co-producer
Anthony Muir ... co-producer
Sylvie Pialat ... co-producer
Patricia Poienaru ... producer
Olivier Père ... co-producer
Benoît Quainon ... co-producer
Jim Stark ... associate producer
Marcela Ursu ... producer
Dan Wechsler ... associate producer
Sean Wheelan ... co-producer
Jamal Zeinal Zade ... associate producer

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