The Dreamer


Additional Film Info

Shooting format: ArriRAW 2K
Shooting location: Peru
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 80min
Year: 2016

Synopsis & Trailer

Sebastian is a young man immersed in a life of petty crime in Lima, Peru. With his gang of delinquents frequently breaking into industrial buildings to steal money, he relies on his imagination to escape the shackles of his narrow existence. The quiet one, he often gets teased by the group. One day he accidentally injures his friend Jaen in a fight and finds he no longer has a place to turn. Seeking tenderness in Jaen’s younger sister Emilia who sits by her brother’s hospital bedside, he dreams and plans for their escape but soon becomes unable to distinguish between reality and fiction and he must choose between his fantasy or the fate that has been written for him.

adrian-saba-1flow1Adrian Saba (Lima, 1988) studied film at Hofstra University with a Fulbright scholarship and graduated with his thesis film El Río in 2010. His debut film, El Limpiador, premiered in 2012 in the New Directors competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival where it received the Jury’s Special Mention. The film played in over 50 festivals, winning the New Voices/New Visions award at the Palm Springs Film Festival and the FIPRESCI award at the Transylvania Film Festival. He developed his second film The Dreamer at The Residence of La Cinefondation de Cannes and it premiered in the Generation section at the Berlin Film Festival.

Directors, Producers and Crew

Sebastian/Chaplin … Gustavo Borjas
Emilia … Elisa Tenaud
Samuel … Herbert Corimanya
Yara … Valentin Prado
Jaen … Eugenio Vidal
Teta … Manuel Gold
Mother … Tatiana Espinoza
Kid … Adrian Du Bois
Orphanage Director … Milena Alva
El Chino … Luis Kanashiro

Screenwriter … Adrian Saba
Director … Adrian Saba
Producer … Carolina Denegri
Executive Producers … Carolina Denegri, Adrian Saba
Co-producer … Pascaline Saillant
Production Manager … Diana Castro
Director of Photography .. Cesar Fe
Art Director … Aaron Rojas
Make-up … Luciana Salomon
Wardrobe … Claudia Torres
Editor … Justin Beach
Music … Nuria Saba
Production Sound … Willy Ilizarbe
Sound Design … Justin Beach, Rosa Maria Oliart
Sound Mix … Rosa Maria Oliart
Color and VFX … Makaco


Berlinale 2016 - Generation