Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Mr. Pilipenko and His Submarine
(Herr Pilipenko und sein U-Boot)

Year: 2006
Language: Ukrainian
Run Time: 90 minutes

Mr. Pilipenko and His Submarine

In landlocked Ukraine, they have a saying for when something is impossible: "That's like a submarine in the Ukrainian steppe!" But for 53-year-old Vladimir Andreyevich Pilipenko nothing is impossible. Despite several skeptics, including his wife, Pilipenko has been constructing a full-scale submarine, dubbed Dolphin, in the shed behind his house for the past 20 years. Using nearly all of his meager income, he has built the bright green submarine according to diagrams in 1980s underwater sports magazines. Pilipenko innovatively added wheels to his model to ease transportation of the sub through his isolated village. Though final test runs in Pilipenko's fish pond prove less than successful, this eager builder will not be deterred. He dreams of submerging his vessel in the Black Sea without even considering how he will get his boat in the water. Jan Hinrik Drevs and RenĂ© Harder's documentary, MR. PILIPENKO AND HIS SUBMARINE, heartwarmingly and humorously shares the final stages of Pilipenko's inspiring journey to attain the unattainable. (In Russian with English subtitles) – E.J.B.

CIFF31 Screenings

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 11:45 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 2:15 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Jan Hinrik Drevs, René Harder

Jens Fintelmann, Thomas Seekamp

Florian Melzer

Renate Ober

Principal Cast
Vladimir Andreyevich Pilipenko, Anya Michailovna Pilipenko, Sergei Semyonovich Honcharov

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