Romanian films at Cannes

romanian films at cannes Corneliu Porumboiu's latest film, La Gomera, was premiered at Cannes this weekend

Corneliu Porumboiu's La Gomera / The Whistlers was premiered on Saturday at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. The film was received with a standing ovation at the end, according to the official Facebook page of the event. Included in the official selection for the Palme d'Or, La Gomera is Corneliu Porumboiu's fifth feature film, shot in Romania, Spain and Singapore in 2018. The film casts Vlad Ivanov as the male lead, Catrinel Menghia, Rodica Lazar and Sabin Tambrea, telling the story of Cristi, a corrupt Romanian police officer involved in a 30 million-euro illicit dealing with the mob, who ends up on La Gomera Island in Spain. Here he learns "El Silbo", a whistled language used by the locals. Corneliu Porumboiu believes the screening in Cannes is very important so that a Romanian film can be distributed at international level, claiming Romanian cinematography is thriving at present. 

The film has already received comprehensive reviews in international film magazines. Variety writes that the film's plot is eccentric, reminding the viewer of a gangster noir, "a genre that feels a little schematic and stifling for a director normally so beautifully uncategorizable". In turn, IndieWire describes the film as "a polished mashup of genre motifs that suggests what might happen if the "Ocean's 11" gang assembled on the Canary Islands". The Whistlers, the publication adds, "could be ripe for an English-language remake, and don't be surprised if some hungry producer snaps up the rights. But that possibility carries a touch of irony, since "The Whistlers" is already a covert remake, since it revisits the energy and wit of heist movies before it, as well as the filmmaker's own structural sophistication of his previous works, and revitalizes both traditions in the process", the IndieWire review also reads. 

In turn, RFI writes this is the first whistled film competing for the Palme d'Or in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, adding that director Corneliu Porumboiu surprises his audience with an unexpected police musical, toying with the conventions of the genre without excluding love and humor. Corneliu Porumboiu returns to Cannes after winning in 2015 Un Certain Regard for his film The Treasure. In 2009 his film Police, Adjective was also rewarded with the grand prize of the jury and the FIPRESCI prize in the Un Certain Regard section. Also at Cannes, in 2006, his debut feature 12:08 East of Bucharest won the Camera d'Or prize. His latest feature, La Gomera, will be premiered in cinema halls in Romania on September 13. 

(Translated by V. Palcu)
Publicat: 2019-05-20 13:50:00
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