Magnolia Pictures has acquired Cannes Competition selection and Romanian crime thriller The Whistlers from mk2 Films in the latest deal struck on the Croisette.
Corneliu Porumboiu’s film centres on a police inspector who plans a heist and embarks on a trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling code. Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade is among the co-producers.
Magnolia senior vice-president of acquisitions John Von Thaden negotiated the deal with mk2 Films’ Fionnuala Jamison and the distributor has earmarked a theatrical release for later this year. mk2 Films represents worldwide rights.