The Cleaner

Peru, 2012


Flamingo Films, La Gris Films, Spanish, 95mins


San Sebastian, Palm Springs, Seattle FF, Karlovy Vary, Kosmorama, Fribourg, Mar del Plata, Chicago, Guanajuato


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The world is slowly dying as Lima succumbs to an epidemic crisis. In the midst of this mysterious devastation, Eusebio – a forensic cleaner who sterilizes the apartments of the dead – discovers an eight-year-old boy hiding in an uninhabited house he is cleaning. A grizzled loner all his life, Eusebio suddenly finds that he must care for this young boy and takes on the task of trying to find the boy's family, just as civilisation crumbles around them in this quietly compelling dystopian drama.

Cast & Crew

Producer - Carolina Denegri, Adrián Saba

Screenwriter - Adrián Saba

Featuring - Victor Prada, Adrian Du Bois, Miguel Iza, Mario Velasquez, Carlos Gassols, Milena Alva

Cinematographer - Cesar Fe

Music - Karin Zielinski

Adrián Saba

Adrián Saba


Adrian 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...