The Whistlers

dir. Corneliu Porumboiu

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Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.

Director / Corneliu Porumboiu Screenplay / Corneliu Porumboiu Production / Les Films du Worso, Komplizen Film Cast / Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agusti Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, Istvan Teglas, Cristóbal Pinto, Antonio Buil Cinematography / Tudor Mircea Editing / Roxana Szel Sound / Gustaf Forsberg

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Ficción, 97 min.

Corneliu Porumboiu

Corneliu Porumboiu studied Film Directing at the National University of Drama and Film, Bucharest between 1999 - 2003. In 2005 he writes and directs his first feature – 12:08 East of Bucharest – selected in the Quinzaine des Realisateurs and winning the Camera d’Or for debut and the Label Europe, the film distributors’ award. The film received more than 20 awards in festivals all over the world and was distributed in more than 30 countries. Police, Adjective is the second film written and directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival, in "Un Certain Regard" section. In 2013 Corneliu Porumboiu released his third feature When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism that had its premiere at Locarno Film Festival. It followed a sports documentary – The Second Game that was presented in Berlinale Forum in 2014. His next fiction feature film is The Treasure, awarded with Un Certain Talent in the Un Certain Regard Section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival edition. In 2018 Corneliu is back with a sports documentary – Infinite Football - that premiered at Berlinale Forum section. In 2019 he completes his fifth fiction feature film – La Gomera.


  • 2019 – La Gomera
  • 2015 – The Treasure
  • 2014 – The Second Game
  • 2013 – The Unsaved
  • 2013 – When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism
  • 2009 – Police, Adjective
  • 2006 – 12:08 East of Bucharest
  • 2004 – Visul lui Liviu
  • 2003 – Călătorie la oraş
  • 2002 – Pe aripile vinului

Festivales y Premios

  • 2019 Festival de Cine de Canes
  • 2019 Festival Internacional de Cine de Trasilvania
  • 2019 Festival de Cine de Sidney
  • 2019 Festival Internacional de Cine de Munich
  • 2019 Festival Internacional de Cine de Toronto
  • 2019 Festival de Cine de Nueva York


“The talented rumanian filmmaker surprises (and convinces us) with his thriller noir which stands out from his previous filmography and from almost all of the cinema coming from his country.”
– Diego Lerer: Micropsiacine

“The pleasing perspective from Corneliu Porumboiu about grand theft movies has its own charm.”
– Eric Kohn: IndieWire

“Art house movie that stands out from many others within its genre.”
– Leslie Felperin: The Hollywood Reporter

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