THE WHISTLERS (Roxie Virtual Cinema)

First show: March 29

Buy a ticket to a virtual screening of this “daffy and dazzling crime film” by Corneliu Porumboiu and ALL THE PROCEEDS will go to support the Roxie!

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“A funhouse of cinematic mirrors”– Justin Chang, LA Times

“If the Coen brothers were Romanian, they might have made THE WHISTLERS”– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

In an act of breathless generosity, Magnolia Pictures is offering our Roxie audience the chance to see Corneliu Porumboiu’s delightful, stylish neo-noir. 100% of the purchase will go to the Roxie through April 7, helping us in our mission to remain a vibrant center for cinema culture once this turbulent period is behind us. This offer is for a limited time only.

Click here to watch THE WHISTLERS as part of the Roxie’s Virtual Cinema.

In a delightful twist, leading Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu, whose inventive comedies such as Police, Adjective (NYFF47) and The Treasure (NYFF53) have for more than a decade brought deadpan charm and political perceptiveness to his country’s cinematic renaissance, has made his first all-out genre film—a clever, swift, and elegant neo-noir with a wonderfully off-kilter central conceit. Easily corruptible Bucharest police detective Cristi—played by the eternally stoic Vlad Ivanov—arrives on the mist-enshrouded Canary Island of La Gomera, where he learns a clandestine, tribal language, improbably made entirely out of whistling; this form of hidden communication will keep his superiors off his trail as he becomes increasingly embroiled in a convoluted gangster scheme involving a stash of Euros hidden in a mattress and a sultry femme fatale named, of course, Gilda. Porumboiu’s take on the crime drama furthers his explorations of the intricacies and limitations of language, but is also his most playful, even exuberant, film. A Magnolia Pictures release. An NYFF57 selection.

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. Romania. 2019. Digital.

Click here to watch THE WHISTLERS as part of the Roxie’s Virtual Cinema.

Showtimes below are only placeholders. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD OR RENT THE MOVIE ANYTIME before April 7.


THE WHISTLERS (Roxie Virtual Cinema): Upcoming Showtimes