Technical information

Original title: Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino
Duration: 85 min
Genre: Ficción
Original format: DCP
Origin: Uruguay – Argentina – Brazil – Netherlands – Philippines



On a cruise ship off the Patagonian coasts, a crewman discovers a magical portal leading into a woman’s apartment. Simultaneously, villagers happen upon a frightening concrete hut near their settlement in the Philippines. Two stories are wowen into a cinematographic labyrinth where people overlap and lose themselves. Somewhere between dark engine rooms and middle-class living rooms, between the sea and the jungle, individuals observe one another with curiosity, scepticism and anxiety.

Director’s note

As a Uruguayan living in Argentina, I frequently travel back to my country on a journey by ferry that lasts three hours. It is a passage between two parallel possibilities of worlds; what people know about me in Buenos Aires is unknown in Montevideo and vice versa. This situation made me feel, at least at first, strangely free and powerful at times, by not belonging anywhere. The ship works as an interval between these two possible worlds: the border between two places which never meet, but also the border between countless places that could meet. I had discovered that the ship was actually a mechanism with secret doors leading to several spaces that were both far away and contiguous at the same time. It was a fantastic, indeterminate zone. The film captures that first moment of grace, the emergence of the door as a fantasy towards another possible reality, before that reality can be regulated. The momentary possibility of belonging nowhere, confirming that infinite places can connect to each other. The film’s characters are tempted by this possibility and abandon their ways of life in favour of discovering the unknown.


Script and Direction: Alex Piperno
Production houses: La pobladora cine (Uy), Pelícano cine (Ar), Desvia (Br), Baldr (Nl), Cinematográfica (Ph)
Production: Alex Piperno, Esteban Lucangioli, Araquén Rodríguez, Rachel Ellis, Frank Hoeve, Armi Rae Cacanindin
Camera and DOP: Manuel Rebella
Sound Director: Lucas Larriera, Pablo Lamar
Art Director: Daniela Calcagno
Editing: Alejo Santos, Karen Akerman, Alex Piperno



Daniel Quiroga
Inés Bortagaray
Noli Tobol



ICAU desarrollo y producción
MVD Filma
Ibermedia desarrollo y producción
Hubert Bals Fund
Fondo de incentivo cultural


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



Berlinale International Film Festival, Germany (20 – 1 March, 2020)
Forum Won: Tagesspiegel Jury Award

Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea (28 May – 6 June, 2020)
International Competition

Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan (25 June – 7 July, 2020)
International New Talent Competition

CineLatino, Germany (15 July – 8 August, 2020)
Official Selection

Tirana International Film Festival, Albania (19 – 25 September, 2020)
EYE on TIFF Competition

Biarritz Amérique Latine Festival, France (28 September – 4 October, 2020)
Feature Film Competition Won: Prix du Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma

Black Canvas – Festival for Contemporary Cinema, Mexico (1 – 10 October, 2020)
New Horizon International Competition Won: Best Film

Seattle Latino Film Festival, United States (9 – 17 October, 2020)
Narrative Competition

Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (9 – 20 October, 2020)
International Competition Won: Special Jury Prize

São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil (17 – 30 October, 2020)

Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Armenia (1 – 8 November, 2020)
Main International Full-Length Competition

Antofacine – International Film Festival, Chile (10 – 17 November, 2020)
Feature Competition

Uruguay International Film Festival, Uruguay (21 November – 5 December, 2020)

LAFITA – Lateinamerikanische Filmtage München, Germany (24 – 29 November, 2020)
Official Selection

Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore (26 November – 6 December, 2020)
Cinema Today section

Poitiers Film Festival, France (27 November – 4 December, 2020)
International Section

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina (30 November – 4 December, 2020)
Latin American Feature Competition

Hainan Island International Film Festival, China (December, 2020)
Out of Competition

REC International Film Festival Tarragona, Spain (2 – 8 December, 2020)
Debut Competition

New Directors/New Films, United States (9 – 20 December, 2020)
Official Selection

International Film Festival of India, India (16 – 24 January, 2020)
Festival Kaleidoscope

Arthouse Asia Film Festival, India (21 – 28 February, 2021)
International Feature Competition

Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Cuba (11 – 21 March, 2021)
First Feature Competition

International Film Festival Ottawa, Canada (11 – 21 March, 2021)
Official Selection

International Film Festival Thrissur, India (20 – 26 March. 2021)
Official Selection

Pendance Film Festival, Canada (26 – 28 March, 2021)
Official Selection

Sarasota Film Festival, United States (30 April – 9 May, 2021)
Indie Visions Competition

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, United States (13 – 23 May, 2021)
Official Selection

Al Este Film Festival, Peru (26 May – 5 June, 2021)
Itinerant Competition

Costa Rica International Film Fest, Costa Rica (10 – 19 June, 2021)
International Radar

BioBioCine – International Film Festival Conception, Chile (18 – 30 June. 2021)
New Film Festival – Detour program

Static Vision: Dreamscapes, Australia (May & July, 2021)

Aegean Film Festival, Greece (9 – 25 July, 2021)

Lucania Film Festival, Italy (7 – 11 August, 2021)
Feature Competition

Festival of Reflections of Iberian and Latin American Cinema Villeurbanne, France (22 September – 6 October, 2021)
Official Selection

Lima Alterna Film Fetival, Perú (17 – 26 September, 2021) Iberoamerican Competition Won: Special Mention

Detour Festival de Cine Nuevo, Uruguay (11 – 16 October, 2021)
Uruguayan Features Selection