Manaki Brothers - International Cinematographers’ Film Festival

The cinematographer Tudor Mircea talked about the different cinematography approach in the Romanian film ‘The Whistlers’

18 September, Bitola – At the press conference, Tudor Mircea, the cinematographer of the film The Whistlers, during the talk with the selector of the official program Blagoja Kunovski – Dore, shared experiences from the shooting of the film, which is a political thriller.

-This is a festival of cinematographers and it is important that they are here. This is your festival, Kunovski said, stressing that even in the selection of the films itself, he openly asked them to be present at the ICFF “Manaki Brothers” in Bitola if their film was selected.

The Whistlers is an interesting film and it is different form all the other films they have done with the director Corneliu Porumboiu, with who they are friends from their school days.

-We’ve been so far shooting on film, but this time we shot digitally and we had many frames. The drama happens in Romania, the Canary Islands and in Singapore. This whistling language is learned at the Canary Islands by the small children at school and one of the characters in the film is a teacher in such a school. Corneliu had seen a documentary film about it and that is where the idea of such a film comes from. The scene in the park in Singapore was one of the toughest scenes. We only had 10 minutes to shoot and we set up a sort of a hidden camera, because we weren’t allowed to set up additional lighting, Mircea said.

According to him, the different approach in this film comes from the decision of Corneliu to attract audience, because that is a big problem. Although films go well at the festivals in Cannes, Venice etc., the audience in Romania is not so large.