March 19 – 30
At Tower City
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Country: ROMANIA, SWEDEN
Run Time: 94 minutes
The whistler in question is a deeply unhappy teenager named Silviu, in Romanian juvenile detention for theft. He gets by as best he can, trading cigarettes for favors and trying to avoid being manhandled by other boys. When a pretty young psychology student arrives to do research at the prison, he's smitten. A few days before his four-year sentence is up, Silviu learns that his mother intends to take his little brother to Italy. Desperate to keep his brother from suffering the same fate as he did, at the hands of a self-centered mother with indifferent parenting skills, Silviu begs her not to take the boy. When she refuses, he threatens her and nearly gets his sentence extended. Left to his own limited resources, Silviu does everything in his power to get the authorities' attention. IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE depicts the dire consequences of leaving young people's voices unheard. (In Romanian with subtitles) –B.B.
Friday, March 25, 2011 at 8:20 PM
This screening is on Stand By.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM
Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Florin Serban enjoyed working with non-professional actors on this film.
"Emigrant" (2009), IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE (2010)
This film is presented in the memory of GEORGE DOBREA, who served as the Honorary Consul for Romania.