THE WHISTLERS World Cinema

THE WHISTLERS

ROMANIA OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM OSCAR® SUBMISSION

Talent attending: Corneliu Porumboiu (Director)

Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu returns to AFI FEST with his latest, a tremendously entertaining and inventive crime thriller. When corrupt police officer Cristi is drawn into an elaborate money laundering scheme, ubiquitous hidden cameras threaten to expose him. At once instigator and accomplice, the beautiful, calculating Gilda, arranges for him to travel to the Canary Island of La Gomera to learn an indigenous whistling language long used by criminals and gangsters to evade authorities. Constructing a preposterously complicated network of deception, an epically proportioned heist plot unravels into a true ensemble piece, one brimming with captivating personalities, each sheltering unknowable motives. THE WHISTLERS may herald a fascinating departure for Porumboiu, but flashes of a droll sense of humor flicker under a stone-faced seriousness. –Malin Kan

Corneliu Porumboiu was born on September 14, 1975 in Vaslui, Romania. He is a writer and director best known for 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST (2006), POLICE, ADJECTIVE (2009) and THE TREASURE (2015).

Gavin Briscoe
Magnolia Pictures
gbriscoe@magpictures.com
212-924-6701

Details

Year: 2019

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu

Screenwriter: Corneliu Porumboiu

Producers: Marcela Mindru Ursu, Patricia Poienaru, Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade

Director of Photography: Tudor Mircea

Editor: Roxana Szel

Production Designer: Simona Paduretu

Cast/Featuring: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Antonio Buil, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, Julieta Szonyi, George Pisterneanu

Running Time (minutes): 97 min

Language : Romanian

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