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The Whistlers

Apr 6th, 2020

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Effective March 16, 2020 the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery is closed until further notice. All programs/events/tours have been cancelled for March and April.

Our second film of the Spring 2020 Reel Movie Mondays season, THE WHISTLERS screens April 6, 2020 at Carnival Cinemas

The Whistlers film poster

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, Not Yet Rated
Romania/France/Germany | 97 min | English & Romanian w/English subtitles | Mongrel Media

Tickets are on sale now! Purchase your tickets online, stop by the MAG in person, or give us a call at 403.309.8405. Tickets are $8 each for valid MAG Members, and $10 each for Non-Members, up until 4:30 pm on film nights. Tickets can be purchased at the door on film night for $10 each starting at 6:30 pm (no member rate at the door), pending availability. 

About the Film:

In this neo-noir tale from Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective, 12:08 East of Bucharest), a corrupt cop — under surveillance while participating in a mob plot in the Canary Islands — must communicate with his accomplices in an Indigenous language based on whistling.

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, his second take on the crime-movie genre following his 2009 masterpiece Police, Adjective.

Corrupt cop Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) 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 (Sabin Tambrea), 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 (Catrinel Marlon), to communicate in an indigenous whistle language called "El Siblo," which is unintelligible to the police because it sounds like bird calls. 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.

Principal Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar

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