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Oscars: Peru Submits 'The Cleaner' for Foreign Language Category

The Cleaner Still - H 2013
"The Cleaner"

Adrian Saba's first feature-length film is a sombre drama set in an apocalyptic Lima.

BUENOS AIRES – Adrian Saba's opera prima The Cleaner will be Peru's submission for the foreign language Oscar category. 

The announcement was made this week by the Ministry of Culture, which established a committee for the selection formed by Javier Alfredo PortocarreroRodrigo Ernesto PortalesRafael Álvaro Sedano and Pierre Emile Vandoorne.

The committee's selection act stated the film was chosen "for its original proposal of an apocalyptic Lima, where loneliness and strain are shown through an effective use of cinematographic elements, expressing a city that slowly fades out."

The Cleaner tells the story of a forensic cleaner (played by Victor Prada) who takes charge of an 8-year-old (Adrian Du Bois) orphaned by a strange epidemic in Lima. The film is Saba's first feature and won a Special Mention of the New Directors Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival last year.