Romanian film director Corneliu Porumboiu is shooting his fifth fiction feature film, “Gomera” in Spain, with actors Agustí Villaronga, Cristóbal Pinto, Antonio Buíl and Kiko Correa starring.
Agustí Villaronga, awarded the Silver Bear for directing “El Mar” at Berlin Film Festival in 2000, also boasting three Goya trophies, was surprised that the Romanian director invited him to star in his movie. “I accepted because it was an adventure to me, and Corneliu is a unique filmmaker coming from a very interesting emerging cinema,” Villaronga said.
„Gomera” tells the story of Cristi, a police officer who arrives to the Spanisg island to learn “El Silbo” language, a whistle communication form, particular to the region. His mission is to release Zsolt, a controversial businessman under arrest in Bucharest.
„Gomera”, Porumboiu’s first film shot abroad as well, also reunites some Romanian actors: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Menghia (Marlon), Rodica Lazăr and Sabin Tambrea.
Shootings started in Bucharest on February 18 and will end early next month. “Gomera”, a co-production 42 KM FILM- Les Films du Worso (France), Komplizen Film (Germany) and Arte Grand Accord, will hit the Romanian theaters in 2019.
El silbo (‘the whistle’), a whistled register of Spanish used by inhabitants of La Gomera and in the Canary Islands to communicate across the deep ravines and narrow valleys that radiate through the island, was declared as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO IN 2009.