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La Gomera’s whistling language provides film inspiration 

La Gomera’s old whistling language “Silbo” has provided the inspiration for a new feature film.

“Gomera” tells the story of a Romanian businessman who uses this language on his release from prison.

The European production is directed by Corneliu Porumboiu and has the collaboration of the island’s Cabildo, through La Gomera Film Commission.

The municipalities of Valle Gran Rey and Alajeró are some of the scenarios chosen for the filming of this French, Romanian and German coproduction.

The director himself said that the Silbo Gomero has served as “inspiration for the writing of the script of the film and given shape to a story that also alludes to the control of the current co-mmunication systems.” In addition, he appreciated the potential of La Gomera as a natural set for this shoot.

“An added value of this film is its own name that allows the promotion of La Gomera throughout Europe and in important film events such as the next Festival de Cannes in France, Venice, Locarno, Berlin and San Sebastian,” explained tourism councillor, María Isabel Méndez.

The arrival on the island of this production, which has a budget of 2.9 million euros, has been possible after several coordination meetings between the insular institution and the film producer.

La Gomera’s Fim Commi-ssion helped to find the right locations for the various scenes.

The Cabildo says the filming has also brought a major economic boost via expenditure on restaurants, accommo-dation , transport companies oand logistics distribution.