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Starz Denver Film Festival: Artistic director Brit Withey's must-see pick for Tuesday, Nov. 9

Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.

Below, he describes his choice for Tuesday, November 9: If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle.

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle Directed by Florin Serban Tuesday, November 9, 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Starz FilmCenter

"This is one of my darker choices," notes Withey. "But some people like those. I know I do.

"If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle is a film from Romania -- a prison drama about a boy [George Pistereanu] who's been imprisoned for an unspecified crime. He's almost completed his sentence when he's visited by his younger brother, who tells him about their mother, who's supposed to take the younger brother with her when she goes back to her job in Italy. And it sets him off. Even though he's about to be released, he ends up taking a woman hostage and tries to escape right then.

"It's a really tense, moody film that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way," Withey continues. "And it's rare that we get to see films from Romania. Sometimes, an entire festival will roll by without getting to see a film there at all. And it's a very interesting film. If you're into dark thrillers, this would make an interesting choice."

Look below to see the trailer for If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle:

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