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Collection 2019

The Whistlers

La Gomera
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
RO/FR/DE/SE 201997' ro/en/es lv

Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarked by the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of treachery and deception. A secret ancestral whistling language spoken on the Spanish island of La Gomera might just be what they need to pull it off.

The characters here are caught up in a world dominated by strong opinions, where everyone wants to impose their point of view on others: it’s a permanent power play. In a dark world where everything must be negotiated, genuine communication functions better through a secret language that enables – for those who master it – the ability to extract oneself from the control of very tense human relationships, to be able to preserve a kind of sincerity. The music in this dark comedy is ranging from Carl Orff to Iggy Pop.

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