Whistlers, The: Romanian Corneliu Porumboiu’s Original Comedy Crime-Thriller

Romanian Corneliu Porumboiu directed The Whistlers (La Gomera) a comedy crime-thriller, starring Vlad Ivanov.

The Whistlers
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Film poster

The premise sounds simple, even generic, but the movie is anything but. A police officer comes to the Spanish island of La Gomera to learn the language of El Silbo in order to free Zsolt, a controversial businessman arrested in Bucharest.

I saw the film at the the 2019 Cannes Film Fest, where it world premiered in competition.

The Whistlers was selected as the Romanian entry for the Best International Feature Oscar, but did not make the final cut of five nominees.


Vlad Ivanov as Cristi
Catrinel Marlon as Gilda
Agustí Villaronga as Paco
Cristóbal Pinto as Carlito
Sergiu Costache as Toma
Antonio Buíl as Kiko