The Whistlers (film)

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The Whistlers
The Whistlers (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byCorneliu Porumboiu
Produced byMarcela Ursu
Written byCorneliu Porumboiu
StarringVlad Ivanov and Catrinel Menghia
CinematographyTudor Mircea
Edited byRoxana Szel
42 Km Film
Komplizen Film
Les Films du Worso
Release date
  • 18 May 2019 (2019-05-18) (Cannes)
  • 13 September 2019 (2019-09-13) (Romania)
Running time
97 minutes
El Silbo

The Whistlers (Romanian: La Gomera) is a 2019 Romanian crime thriller film directed by Corneliu Porumboiu and starring Vlad Ivanov. It premiered in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2][3][4] It was selected as the Romanian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[5][6]


A police officer comes to the Spanish island of La Gomera to learn the language of El Silbo and to free Zsolt, a controversial businessman arrested in Bucharest.[7]



The film was produced through the director's company 42 km Film in collaboration with France's Les Films du Worso and Germany's Komplizen Film, with mk2 handling the distribution sales.[1][8] Shooting took place in Romania and the Canary Islands.[9]


The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.[10] In May 2019, the film's UK distribution rights were sold to Curzon Artificial Eye.[11]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 85% based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 7.23/10.[12] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 74 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

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  1. ^ a b Goodfellow, Melanie (17 May 2017). "mk2 boards new Corneliu Porumboiu project 'Gomera'". Screendaily. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ "The 2019 Official Selection". Cannes. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ Sharf, Zack (18 April 2019). "2019 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, Almodóvar Compete for Palme d'Or". IndieWire. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ "The Screenings Guide 2019". 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ "„La Gomera", în regia lui Corneliu Porumboiu, propunerea României pentru Oscar 2020". libertatea. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  6. ^ Barraclough, Leo. "Oscars: Corneliu Porumboiu's 'The Whistlers' Entered in International Feature Film Race". Variety. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Director Corneliu Porumboiu shoots new film in Romania, Spain". 7 March 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  8. ^ Dobroiu, Stefan (6 March 2018). "Corneliu Porumboiu shooting Gomera". Cineuropa. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Romanian film director Corneliu Porumboiu shoots for "Gomera" in Spain". 20 April 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Cannes festival 2019: full list of films". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  11. ^ Grater, Tom (2 May 2019). "Cannes Competition pair 'Portrait Of A Lady On Fire', 'The Whistlers' land at UK's Curzon (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  12. ^ "The Whistlers (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  13. ^ "The Whistlers Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 24 May 2019.

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