Cristi is a seasoned Romanian policeman who also nurtures close, not to mention, illegal, ties with the local mafia. One day, Gilda, a mysterious young woman, recruits him for an unusual job with the intention of releasing her boyfriend from prison. She takes him to a faraway island to learn the “whistlers” language—a secret, centuries-old tongue, based on whistles. Cristi finds himself trapped between his suspicious police friends, the mafia, which has no intention of releasing Gilda’s boyfriend, and his feelings for the beautiful operator. Corneliu Porumboiu’s (Police, Adjective) new film is a pulsing, precise work that portrays the powerful, but delicate, relationship that slowly develops between these two unsuspecting lovers.
Corneliu Porumboiu is one of the outstanding figures of the New Romanian Cinema. Born in Vaslui, a small town where he shot several of his films, he studied cinema at the Bucharest University and his first feature film, "East of Bucharest" (2006), one of the hits of that year at Cannes' Directors Fortnight, was a biting satire showing a panel in a minuscule provincial TV station discussing its role in overturning the Ceausescu regime. It was followed by similar tongue-in-cheek, ironical portraits of Romanian reality, including "Police Adjective" (2009), "Metabolism" (2013) and "The Treasure" (2015). All his films were screened in official sections of the Cannes Festival.
Screened at the 8th Arava International Film Festival (2019)