The Whistlers

In this neo-noir tale from Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective), a corrupt cop must communicate with his accomplices in an Indigenous language based on whistling.

Please note that this film is in Romanian, English and Spanish, with Dutch subtitles
Time & Tickets

Along with such directors as Cristi Puiu and Cristian Mungiu, Corneliu Porumboiu was one of the key members of the Romanian New Wave that emerged in the early 2000s, which broke out on the international stage with their incisive portraits of a society transitioning from communism to capitalism. Like those of his compatriots, Porumboiu’s films are distinguished by their precisely observed realism, rigorous minimalism, and dark humour – all of which are once again on display in his new film.

Corrupt cop Cristi travels to the Canary Island of La Gomera, where he collaborates with mobsters in order to try and free a shady Bucharest businessman named Zsolt, who is believed to know the whereabouts of a mattress containing millions in cash. Under heavy surveillance on the island, Cristi is taught by the local gangsters and a femme fatale, appropriately named Gilda, to communicate in an indigenous whistle language called ‘El Siblo’, which is unintelligible to the police because it sounds like birdcalls. Full of double-crossings and unexpected twists and turns, Porumboiu’s neo-noir thriller is an intelligent, entertaining, deadpan-funny caper that explores the limitations of language while at the same time using it as a poetic form of resistance. (source:

Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania, France, Germany, Sweden, 2019, 98 min. Romanian, English & Spanish spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea.