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FEATURE, PERU, 2012, DIR. ADRIÁN SABA, 95 MIN, SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A mysterious and deadly epidemic has gripped an apocalyptic Lima. Eusebio, apathetic and isolated, spends his days cleaning up the bloody detritus left behind by the dying. Desensitised by the death surrounding him, he moves through the devastated city without anguish. It is only when he happens upon a young boy hiding out in an abandoned apartment that Eusebio is drawn out of his reverie. Realising the boy, Joaquin, has nowhere to go, Eusebio takes him into his home.
In an attempt to engage with the boy, Eusebio makes eyeholes in a cardboard box and convinces a frightened Joaquin that if he wears it on his head it will protect him. A tentative trust and sense of caring gradually builds between the two as the Cleaner unexpectedly becomes responsible for life in the midst of death.
Screens with: High Noon, Venezuela, Dir. Iván Mazza
Adrian Saba (1988) studied film at Hofstra University in New York with a full scholarship through the help of Fulbright. He completed his studies in May 2010 with his thesis film The River which screened at various film festivals worldwide. In February 2011 Adrian founded the company Flamingo Films to start producing his films. His first film El Limpiador (The Cleaner) had its world premier at the San Sebastian International Film Festival were it won the Jury’s Special Mention. Adrian is currently developing his next film and is part of the Cannes Cinefondation Residence program for the first session of 2013.
Winner – 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival: New Directors Award, Special Mention
Winner – 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival: New Voices/New Visions – Grand Jury Prize
Nominated – 2012 Chicago International Film Festival: Gold Hugo – New Directors Competition
Nominated – 2013 Fribourg International Film Festival: Grand Prix