Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
(Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier)

Year: 2010
Run Time: 94 minutes

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle

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.

CIFF35 Screenings

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM

C?t?lin Mitulescu, Florin Serban

Florin Serban

Florin Serban enjoyed working with non-professional actors on this film.

"Emigrant" (2009), IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE (2010)

C?t?lin Mitulescu, Daniel Mitulescu

Marius Panduru

Sorin Baican, C?t?lin Cristutiu

Principal Cast
George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Mihai Constantin, Clara Vod?

Film Contact

This film is presented in the memory of GEORGE DOBREA, who served as the Honorary Consul for Romania.

Media Partner

Akron Life Magazine

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