A young sailor on a cruise ship off the coast of Patagonia roams around the engine room, escaping the wealthy ballroom-dancing passengers. He stumbles upon a magical doorway that leads into the apartment of a woman in Montevideo. At the same time, villagers in the Philippines come across a frightening, strangely vibrating shed. These two stories merge in a cinematic labyrinth that allows people in different parts of the world to enter one another's spaces.

The striking title is taken from a poem by the film's debut director, Alex Piperno. Day in, day out, taciturn Window Boy washes the cruise ship's windows, while dreaming of being able to see out through them, looking for other worlds. This precisely framed film made with non-professional actors dispenses with spectacle and explanation. Piperno prefers to allow the surrealistic events to merge organically with the tranquil narrative, in which the ship becomes an interzone where time and space, the sea and the jungle flow seamlessly together.

Original title
Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino
Filmmaker
Alex Piperno
Country
Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Philippines
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
110’
Language
Spanish, Various
Producer
Alex Piperno, Araquen Rodriguez, Rachel Ellis, Frank Hoeve, Armi Cacanindin
Production Company
La pobladora cine, Pelícano Cine, Desvia, BALDR Film, Cinematografica
Sales
Square Eyes
Writer
Alex Piperno
Cinematography
Manuel Rebella
Editor
Alejo Santos, Karen Akerman, Alex Piperno
Production Design
Daniela Calcagno
Sound Design
Lucas Larriera, Pablo Lamar
Cast
Daniel Quiroga, Inés Bortagaray, Noli Tobol