Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine

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Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Philippines | 80' | 02/2020 | fiction

Aboard a cruiser that coasts through Southern Latin America, a sailor discovers a hallway mysteriously leading to an apartment in Montevideo. Thousands kilometres away, a group of Filipino peasants find an abandoned shed on a hill, assigning it supernatural powers.

“The film is full of enigmatic images, it’s a mystery box that slow but steadily unveils its protagonists, lonely characters that imbue the film with a sense of longing.”
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“The film is full of enigmatic images, it’s a mystery box that slow but steadily unveils its protagonists, lonely characters that imbue the film with a sense of longing.”
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Alex Piperno

Biography

Alex Piperno was born in Montevideo in 1985 and studied film direction at the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires. His short films were shown at festivals such as Cannes Critics’ Week, Bafici, Moscow, Huesca, Sao Paulo and Biarritz among others. Window boy would also like to have a submarine is his first feature film.

Filmography

  • 2020 – Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino / Window boy would also like to have a submarine (feature film, 80 min)
  • 2019 – Lloren la locura perdida de estos campos / Weep the headless madness of these fields (short film, 15 min).
  • 2016 – Hola a los fiordos! / Hello to the fjords! (short film, 12 min)
  • 2016 – Los cebúes / The zebus (short film, 15 min)
  • 2011 – La inviolabilidad del domicilio se basa en el hombre que aparece empuñando un hacha en la puerta de su casa /The inviolability of the domicile is based on the man who appears wielding an ax at the door of his house (7 min)
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Crew

Director: Alex Piperno
Screenplay: Alex Piperno
Producer: Alex Piperno, Esteban Lucangioli, Araquén Rodríguez, Rachel Ellis, Frank Hoeve, Armi Rae Cacanindin
Production companies: La pobladora cine (Uy), Pelícano cine (Ar), Desvia (Br), Baldr (Nl), Cinematográfica (Ph)
Cinematographer: Manuel Rebella
Production designer: Daniela Calcagno
Editor: Alejo Santos, Karen Akerman, Alex Piperno
Sound design: Lucas Larriera, Pablo Lamar

Cast: Daniel Quiroga, Inés Bortagaray, Noli Tobol

Funds: ICAU desarrollo y producción, INCAA, ANCINE, MVD Filma, Ibermedia desarrollo y producción, Hubert Bals Fund, NFF+HBF, Fondo de incentivo cultural

Supports: BAL, Taller Colón de TyPA, Berlinale Scriptstation, Binger Filmlab, BrLab, Foro de coproducción del Festival de San Sebastián, Taller Latinoamericano de Guion del Festival de La Habana, EAVE Puentes Uruguay.

Festivals

  • Berlinale International Film Festival, Germany (20 – 1 March, 2020)
    Forum Won: Tagesspiegel Jury Award
  • New Directors/New Films, United States (25 March – 5 April, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea (28 May – 6 June, 2020)
    International Competition

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Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English, Spanish: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Press quotes

“Framed as if a surreal space-time labyrinth, Window Boy Would Also Like To Have A Submarine is a fantastical story about individuals who are lost in their own worlds, but who will get the opportunity to travel in the direction of others if they stop using rational thought to make sense of the cosmos.”
Review: Window Boy Would Also Like To Have A Submarine – Carlota Moseguí

“the film is full of enigmatic images, it’s a mystery box that slow but steadily unveils its protagonists, lonely characters that imbue the film with a sense of longing.”
Trailer release + interview in Variety – Emiliano Granada

“Piperno doesn’t like to do the explaining, and it’s left to the viewers to find their interpretation of the door. By inserting the genre elements, Piperno has done something quite unusual – instead of leading the two men to places of wild adventures or to magnificent fantasy worlds with an eerie glow, he switched one mundane world with the other, offering just the contemplative silence.”
Film Review: Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine (2020) by Alex Piperno – Marina D. Richter