A witty and bloody neo-noir from one of the most original contemporary directors Corneliu Porumboiu will be shown in “Listapad. Collection” from February 20. Four other films of the director have already been in the programme of the Minsk IFF during last years. You can watch a film by one of the Romanian New Wave leaders, where gangsters spoke in whistle language, up to February 26 in cinemas Pioneer, Silver Screen Galileo, VOKA CINEMA by Silver Screen, and up to March 4 in Falcon Club Cinema Boutique.


Cristi, a corrupted policeman from Bucharest, is madly in love with a beautiful Guilda, a femme fatale, involved in criminal business. He is ready for any crazy scheme for her. Cristi is going to visit the island of La Gomera in order to get a blood-handy thievish businessman out of jail. However, in order to carry out this bold plan he should learn a local gangster dialect with hardly pronounceable whistling and hushing sounds.

The director decided to create a film about whistlers after watching a report about the whistling language El Silbo, used by the inhabitants of La Gomera island. Corneliu Porumboiu says: “Having heard about El Silbo, my first thought was to use it as an opportunity to look at a language from the other side. The characters of “The Whistlers” live in the world of clear views and opinions about life, where everyone is constantly imposing his views on others and where every action should be discussed. For native speakers, the secret language is even more suitable for honest and straight talks, it helps people escape the clutches of human relations and remain sincere.”

Corneliu Porumboiu is one of the most original contemporary directors. His films received six prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Prix Un Certain Regard, FIPRESCI Prize and Caméra d’Or for the best director’s debut. His films Infinite Football, The Treasure and When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism have participated in the programme of the Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” in the past years. The last of them received Special Prize by the Main Feature Film Competition Jury.

The world premiere of the criminal comedy The Whistlers by Corneliu Porumboiu took place at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for Palme d’Or. The Whistlers also participated in 18 other festivals, including IFF in Sydney, Toronto, London and Rotterdam. In Minsk the film premiered in the Out of Competition Programme “Within an inch of Oscar” at the 26th IFF “Listapad”.

The film stars Vlad Ivanov, known to “Listapad. Collection” viewers by his roles in films Snowpiercer by Bong Joon-ho, Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade and Sunset by László Nemes. Gilda was played by Catrinel Marlon (Scary Stories).

A Russian film critic Anton Dolin calls the new film by Porumboiu “the most amazing film of the Kannes Film Festival”“The Whistlers is a new level in a genre of neo-noir comedy,” writes Iskusstvo Kino film magazine. “It is a wonderful film in the spirit of How to Steal a Million and Ocean’s Eleven,” KinoPoisk sums up.