13 September 2019
Romania has submitted Corneliu Porumboui’s La Gomera (The Whistlers) for the international feature category at the 2020 Academy Awards.
Anything but a police procedural, the film — which screened in May in competition at Cannes, where it was picked up for U.S distribution rights by Magnolia Pictures — is the story of a plot by a police inspector, Cristi (Vlad Ivanov, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), to spring a corrupt businessman from jail on a Spanish island. But before he can embark with the beautiful Gilda (Catrinel Marion) on the high-stakes heist, the Bucharest native will need to not only navigate corruption, treachery and deception — but also learn the island’s dialect, which includes hissing and spitting in its vocabulary.
Corneliu Porumboiu, one of Romania’s leading directors, first won international recognition with 12:09 East of Bucharest before going on to helm Police, Adjective, his country’s Oscar submission in 2009.
The Whistlers will screen this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set to scree at the Fantastic Fest in Austin and the New York Film Festival. Magnolia has slated the pic to bow Feb. 28, 2020, in the U.S.