Films from Past Years/ If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
Romania | Narrative Feature | 2010 | 94 min | Website
Sponsored By: Romanian Cultural Institute and the UVM Film and Television Studies Program
Director: Florin Serban
Awards: Silver Berlin Bear Jury Grand Prix and Alfred Bauer Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2010
Silviu, a young delinquent, is about to be released from reform school. Only five days to go. But, ever since he learned that his mother has suddenly reappeared on the scene after a long absence and is determined to take his young brother away to live with her, these five days have seemed like an eternity. Silviu himself has raised his little brother and loves him as if he were his own son. During his time behind bars Silviu has met and fallen in love with a young social worker who is studying psychology. Time is running out and his anxiety about his brother begins to turn into panic. Without a moment’s hesitation, he decides to kidnap Ana and run away with her. Will Silviu’s desperate act to protect his sibling cost him his freedom?