“La Gomera” is the title of the fifth feature film by Romanian film director Corneliu Porumboiu and is the great Romanian hope at the Academy Awards 2020 in the category Best International Feature Film. Presented for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival this summer, the mixture of thriller and crime thriller has already generated great enthusiasm.
Inspired by the second smallest Canarian island – La Gomera – it is above all well-known Romanian character actors such as Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Mengia, Rodica Lazar and Sabin Tambrea who make the film a real speciality.
It tells the story of the corrupt policeman Cristi (Vlad Ivanov), who comes to the island La Gomera to learn the typical language El Silbo – which consists mainly of hissing and spitting sounds. By learning the language, he hopes to get into conversation with the local gangsters and gather further information that will help him free his former accomplice and controversial businessman Zsolt from a prison in Romania. Only Zsolt knows where the 30 million Cristi is after are hidden. A project, which apart from funny moments is mainly connected with a lot of tension and action.
Above all, it was his personal fascination with language and its melodic sound that prompted Porumboiu to give El Sibo such a big role in his film. After all, according to Porumboiu, it is language that creates spaces and connects people with each other.
All in all, the film, apart from its detective and thriller elements, is above all a mixture of humor, poetry and film noir, interwoven with numerous homages to the film classics with which director Corneliu Porumboiu grew up.
The film will also be released in Romanian cinemas at the beginning of next year.