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The Cleaner

El Limpiador

Peru | 2012 | 95 minutes | Adrian Saba

During a mysterious epidemic in Perù set sometime in the near future, Eusebio cleans up after the dying. When he finds a frightened young boy who has lost his mother, he's quietly transformed in this gently haunted and affecting study of social alienation and redemption.

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In this unsettling and intimate dystopian tale, a mysterious epidemic has taken its toll on Lima, Peru, forcing a group of people to become custodians of the dead, cleaning up their lives upon their untimely passing. While clearing out a recently deceased woman's apartment, forensic cleaner Eusebio (Victor Prada) stumbles upon her eight-year-old son Joaquin (Adrian Du Bois), untouched by disease and frightened by the pestilence of the outside world. Soon, a tentative trust and sense of caring gradually builds between them, allowing them to find humanity as the epidemic rages on. Making an impressive debut feature as writer and director, Adrian Saba shows admirable restraint in letting the relationship between two deeply guarded characters gently unfold, incorporating dryly comedic touches and artfully composed long takes. Prada and Du Bois bring a painful humanity to their characters, tempered by a remarkably controlled intensity.

Director Biography
Adrian Saba was born in Madrid and spent his childhood in Peru before attending Hofstra University in New York on a Fulbright Scholarship. His award-winning thesis short, El Rio (2010), gained international recognition and won first place in the 11th Martil Film Festival in Morocco, Africa. The Cleaner is Saba’s first feature film.

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Director: Adrian Saba
Principal Cast: Victor Prada, Adrian Du Bois
Country: Peru
Year: 2012
Running Time: 95 minutes
Producer: Carolina Denegri, Adrian Saba
Screenplay: Adrian Saba
Cinematographers: Cesar Fe
Editors: Justin Beach
Music: Karin Zielinski
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ElLimpiadorFilm
Awards: San Sebastián Film Festival 2012 (New Director Award); Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 (New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Spanish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Film Republic
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