Submarino volador

Year2022 Duration24 min. Projection formatDCP ColourColour LanguageSpanish DirectorLucas Zacarias PhotographySusel Legón EditorLucas Zacarias, Susel Legón SoundJosé Carlos Valencia, Saulo Adrián Production Lucas Zacarias, Katia Ricardo Oliva, Frank Fernández Carvajal FestivalsFestival Premiers Regards 2023, Brooklyn Sci-Fi Film Festival 2023

Spanish premiere


Young Jonathan’s family accepts the challenge to realise his fantasy of transforming an old washing machine into a flying submarine capable of travelling through time.

Cardboard boxes, aluminium foil, sewing thread and the drum of an industrial washing machine. These are some of the materials cunningly used in this peculiar science fiction, which intends to “open a crack in space and time in Cuba” to escape its present circumstances and dream of embodying an imagined future.
The film looks to the future, although all its tenderness shines through in the present as it attempts to bestow the power of imagination on everyday gestures, turning it into something material, real and of course, a community project. The whole family helps to construct a flying submarine so that Jonathan, the youngest, can pilot the flight and make his dream come true: perhaps not so much about reaching an unknown or artificial place, but doing so thanks to his family’s hard work and involvement, as they proudly and happily apply their skills.

Who is teaching whom? Who is getting the most enjoyment out of getting this fantasy off the ground? Little Jonathan or the adults around him? The film dilutes the boundary between childhood and adult life in a delicious reminder of the power of innocence and our constant need for a certain idea of utopia. 

Anna Brufau

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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