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VIFF: The Whistlers

VIFF: The Whistlers

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for
The Vancouver International Film Festival

VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe and boasts the largest Canadian film program in the world.

For its 38th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from

September 26 – October 11, 2019.

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All VIFF shows at The Rio are +19 only, so please bring valid ID

No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings

The Whistlers

La Gomera

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

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The Romanian New Wave goes global in The Whistlers, the latest eccentric yarn from acclaimed director Corneliu Porumboiu (The Treasure, VIFF 15). A standout of this year’s genre-heavy Cannes competition slate, this twisty gangster noir opens on La Gomera (one of Spain’s smallest Canary Islands), where a corrupt Bucharest policeman named Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) is sent against his will. In a downright whimsical turn, he’s there to learn the region’s aboriginal whistling language, which he needs to pull off an elaborate plot right under the noses – or rather ears – of the Romanian police.

As the film’s labyrinthine plot unfolds with clockwork precision – revolving, of course, around a stash of money – there are twists, turns, and double-crossings aplenty, involving not just Cristi’s also-corrupt superior Magda (Rodica Lazar), but also his mother (Julieta Szönyi), and a femme fatale aptly named Gilda (Catrinel Marlon). The Romanian auteur’s glossiest, most expensive production to date, The Whistlersnonetheless retains Porumboiu’s eclectic sensibility and deadpan humour. Watching this deliriously enjoyable tale, you feel that the director, like his characters, is getting away with something. You’ll want to go along for the ride.

Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through the VIFF site.

Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available in person sales start Sept at Vancity Theatre Box office, 1181 Seymour St. noon – 6pm.
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