Chester International Film Festival:
Dir: Corneliu Porumboiu, 2019 (Romania) 98 minutes
Veteran Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov is Cristi, a corrupt Bucharest cop who has become involved in the drug money laundering setup he has been investigating. Huge amounts of cash are hidden in mattresses for export. These find their way to the island of La Gomera in the Canaries, where the bad guys are headquartered. Cristi must be brought over to La Gomera to be schooled in the local tradition of silbo whistling – the art of communicating in a whistled version of Spanish. The mobsters use it as a code that the police can’t crack.
Director, Porumboiu gives us a knotty, twisty, nifty plot that’s quite involved but hangs together well, and there’s an amusing juxtaposition of gloomy, rainy Bucharest and the sunny terrain of La Gomera.
Introduced by Professor Claire Parkinson, a specialist in independent cinema. She is also Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media at Edge Hill University and the ISR Fellow.
ISR is proud to sponsor the 34th annual Chester International Film Festival, organised by Chester Film Society in association with Storyhouse.
This screening takes place at Storyhouse, Chester.
Date: Thursday 12th March 2020
6.00pm Doors open 15 minutes before
6.15pm Film starts (98 minutes)
Venue: Storyhouse, Chester (Directions)
Registration: Tickets are just £5 with the code CHESTERFS via the Storyhouse website storyhouse.com/chester-international-film-festival
CEHSTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
6th to 15th March 2019
ISR is proud to sponsor the 34th annual Chester International Film Festival, organised by Chester Film Society in association with Storyhouse. From the Cold War drama Balloon to the controversial coming of age feature And Then We Danced, the exciting programme is designed to encourage discussion, with noted speakers introducing each film.