Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Section: World Cinema
Country: Romania, France, Germany | Year: 2019
Language(s): Romanian, English, El Silbo | Time: 97 mins
Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. As he embarks on a high-stakes heist with the beautiful Gilda, both must navigate the twists and turns of treachery and deception. A secret whistling language spoken on the Spanish island of La Gomera might just be what they need to pull it off.
Corneliu Porumboiu’s feature 12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?, 2006) won him the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, while The Treasure (Comoara, 2015) won the Prix Un Certain Talent. The Whistlers was in competition at Cannes and was chosen as the Romanian submission for Best International Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.