The Whistlers (Romania) 15 – Preview

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Last screening: Thursday 12 March 2020 at 6.15pm
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Part of: Chester International Film Festival 2023

Past event

Directed by: Corneliu Porumboiu 
Starring: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, István Teglas

Veteran Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov is Cristi, is a corrupt Bucharest cop who has become involved in the drug money laundering setup he has been investigating. Huge amounts of cash are hidden in mattresses for export. These find their way to the island of La Gomera in the Canaries, where the bad guys are headquartered. Cristi must be brought over to La Gomera to be schooled in the local tradition of silbo whistling – the art of communicating in a whistled version of Spanish. The mobsters use it as a code that the police can’t crack. 

Director, Porumboiu 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. 

Introduced by Prof Claire Parkinson, a specialist in independent cinema. She is also Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media at Edge Hill University 

Awards: Nominee, Palme D’Or, Cannes 2019 

Preview screening with thanks to Curzon




Approx 98 mins

Content Guidance:

Sex, Sexual threat, Strong bloody violence