Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine
Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino

Director: Alex Piperno
Uruguay/Philippines | 2020 | Spanish & Tuwali with English subtitles | 80 min

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Join us during the festival for a conversation via VLAFF’s FACEBOOK LIVE with director Alex Piperno from Uruguay and our 2021 Youth Jury. Thur Sept 2 12:00 PT


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Aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Patagonia, a sailor discovers a hallway mysteriously leading to an apartment in Montevideo. Thousands of kilometres away, a group of villagers in the Philippines find an abandoned hut on a hill, assigning it supernatural powers. A mesmerizing and atmospheric cinematic labyrinth folds in on itself, suggesting deep and random connections among peoples and worlds whose physical realities exist oceans apart.

Berlinale Forum, Tagesspiegel Readers Jury Award for Best Film

“This film makes reality and fiction merge in clear, beautiful images in an entertaining way. Half-dreamlike and half-thoughtful, it finds seemingly impossible doors and passages in the many different walls and borders of our world. The idea and the aesthetic is exceptionally linked by Alex Piperno. His film is a plea for openness: only when we pass through doors can global togetherness succeed.”

A bordo de un crucero que atraviesa el sur de América Latina, un marinero descubre un pasillo que conduce misteriosamente a un apartamento en Montevideo. A miles de kilómetros de distancia, un grupo de campesinos filipinos encuentra un cobertizo abandonado en una colina, lo que le otorga poderes sobrenaturales.

ALEX PIPERNO was born in Montevideo in 1985 and studied Film Directing at the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires. He has published a number of books of poetry,including Sahara (2009), Maschwitz (2010) and Bagrejaponés (2010). His short films were shown at festivals such as Cannes Critics’ Week, BAFICI, Moscow, Huesca, São Paulo and Biarritz, among others. Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine is his first feature film and premiered at the Berlinale in 2020.