Silbo film shot in La Gomera receives standing ovation in Cannes
The film La Gomera (“The Whistlers” in its international title), directed by Corneliu-Porumboiu and filmed in La Gomera, wowed the audience at its world premiere in the official section of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
The Grand Theater Lumière saw a standing ovation for the great work of this filmmaker, a regular visitor to the festival, but competing for the first time for the Palme d’Or. A delegation of the Tourism Council of the Cabildo de La Gomera, which has supported the film in all its stages, was present at the premiere.
“Welcome to La Gomera, the pearl of the Canary Islands” is how this frantic film begins, in which the pro-tagonist, a corrupt policeman who collaborates with the mafia, travels to La Gomera to learn the whistle, the ancestral language of Gomera.
The Council of Tourism of the Cabildo de La Gomera collaborated with this production, both in the selection of locations and in the coordination of the shooting. A delegation re-presenting this institution, formed by the production professional Odile Antonio Baez and the master whistler Kiko Correa, attended the premiere to show their su-pport.
Kiko Correa was responsible for teaching the language to all the actors: “We were working for two weeks before filming, four to six hours a day, and on the recording itself, and their willingness and commitment was very surprising.”
The protagonist actor Vlad Ivanov has learned the basics of the whistle: “It was hard work, but the best moment was when we shot in La Gomera and we saw how the local people used it. They answered us.”
The director has confessed that he started creating this story when he encountered Silbo and the island. “I was surprised by this language and I created a story for ir and for the main character of Cristi. That’s how I started to shape this movie.”
“The acceptance of the film has been incredible and the whole room was fascinated by the whistle,” says Odile Antonio Baez, from the delegation of the Cabildo de La Gomera.