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'The Cleaner (El Limpiador)' + Reception and Q&A with the Director

*Peru's 2014 Oscar Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award!*

"A controlled, stripped-down approach pays off in an affecting two-hander that's set during what feels like the end of the world." —The Hollywood Reporter

The Cleaner (El Limpiador) takes us into a world of urban desolation. Lima, Peru serves as the location for a fatal epidemic, in which human corpse disposal constitutes the protagonist's daily work life. Newcomer director Adrián Saba creates a bleak yet visually striking atmosphere, bringing cinematographic beauty to dark subject matter. Long, static takes frame a variety of spaces from claustrophobic interiors to panoramic shots of Peruvian landscape. Along with an ambient musical score, stunning visual references to astronomy further recall science fiction, blurring the line between a habitable Earth and a faraway planet. While such an apocalypse is fictitious, The Cleaner transforms the metropolitan setting of contemporary Lima into a deserted and haunting backdrop. This seemingly doomed tale of work, however, is not one without hope. 


- Winner of the New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival

- Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2012 Transilvania International Film Festival

- Winner of the New Directors Award Special Mention at the 2012 San Sebastian International Film Festival

- Winner of the Best First Work Special Mention at the 2012 Havana Film Festival

- Nominated for the New Directors Competition Gold Hugo Award at the 2012 Chicago International Film Festival

This March 25 Event Includes: Post-screening Q&A with Director Adrián Saba and a reception.

Presented by The 2014 CMU International Film Festival: Faces of Work  Co-sponsored and presented in conjunction with: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, and Point Park University

Regular Admission Tickets are just $8 (and $5 seniors and students)

Click here for more information about this event, including the video trailer. 

Film Location

If you're not familiar with the CMU campus, the McConomy Auditorium is located inside the University Center building which is not too hard to find. There is also free parking for visitors -- but only after 5 PM on weeknights and weekends at the outdoor parking lot near Forbes and Morewood. And if you were standing on Forbes facing the main campus (near the bus shelter at Forbes & Morewood), you would see the famous 'Walking to the Sky' sculpture (where people appear to walking up a 10-story angled pole) in front of you, and the University Center would be very long building to your left. The McConomy Auditorium is on the 1st floor of the University Center not too far from the cafe areas. Please print out this campus map before you go 11 -- the University Center is Building #30 on this map

Here is what the McConomy Auditorium looks like inside

We would be happy to see your faces in the audience! 

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  • Mark

    Hope everyone is looking forward to tonight's film.

    If people would like to chat, let's meet at 7:15-7:20 PM near the ticket table before the 7:30 PM movie.

    If we haven't met before, I'll be wearing a brown coat, ivory sweater, khaki pants, and glasses. If you're not familiar with the CMU campus, please review the Meetup description which contains a link for a map of the CMU campus. You can print this map and Meetup description which mentions the location relative to the nearby CMU Forbes & Morewood parking lot (free after 5 PM).

    This event takes place in the University Center (building #30 on the map) which also contains the CMU Bookstore and cafe areas. The door for McConomy auditorium is in the middle of the University Center building -- about halfway down from the Bookstore but before the student lounge/ Entropy Cafe areas. It is recommended you arrive early, and then you can always ask students if you're still unsure.

    We can also meet during the reception after the film.

    March 25, 2014

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