The whistlers

Romania, France, Germany, 2019. 97 min.


Corneliu Porumboiu


Marcela Mindru Ursu,
Patricia Poienaru


Corneliu Porumboiu

Rights Holder

mk2 Films

Rights Holder for Belarus

Russian Report Television Agency


Tudor Mircea


Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazǎr, Antonio Buíl, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea


42 Km Film, Les fims du Worso, Komplizen Film

Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarked by the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of treachery and deception. A secret whistling language spoken on the Spanish island of La Gomera might just be what they need to pull it off.

2019 Cannes IFF (France) – Official Selection
2019 Toronto IFF (Canada) – Official Selection
2019 New York FF (USA) – Official Selection
Corneliu Porumboiu - 1

Corneliu Porumboiu

Corneliu Porumboiu was born in 1975 in Vaslui. He studied film at the I.L.Caragiale University in Bucharest. The two short films he directed in 2003 drew international attention: A TRIP TO THE CITY (Cinéfondation’s second prize in 2004), followed by LIVIU’S DREAM. His first feature film 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST was presented in Cannes at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2006 and won the Caméra d’Or. In 2009 POLICE, ADJECTIVE was selected for Un Certain Regard, winning Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Prize.

Selected filmography

Police, adjective (2009)

12:08 East of Bucharest (2006)