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    Special Jury Prize
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Spanish, Tuwali, with English subtitles

With Daniel Quiroga, Inés Bortagaray, Noli Tobol

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 woven 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, skepticism, and anxiety.


“The film’s tight synthesis of utter, lacklustre realism and dream logic lulls one into belief in the unreal.” – Valerie Ng, Rough Cut

“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.” – Emiliano Granada, Variety

About the Director

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.

Notes on Film

“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 possible parallel 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 that never meet, but also the border between countless places that could meet. I had discovered that the ship was 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.”

– Alex Piperno, Director