Cleaners

Directed by Glenn Barit

Winner, Audience Choice Award – QCinema International Film Festival
Winner, Best Picture – Asian Next Wave Competition – QCinema International Film Festival


Cleaners is an absurd coming-of-age anthology film about high school students who each struggle with the standards and pressures of being pure, proper and clean while also discovering that the world they are boxed in is dirty and superficial to begin with. Imagine a film with 30,000 frames printed, photocopied, colored with highlighters, before being assembled again digitally. A nostalgic trip to simpler days of self-discovery and social awakening.

 


Glenn Barit is a Filipino director, sound designer and musical scorer. He uses elements of play in his works to ease the burden of filmmaking as well as to bring into light different societal issues.

His short film “Aliens Ata”, about migrant workers, is shot entirely with a drone. It won the NETPAC Jury Prize in Cinemalaya 2017. It has also been part of Kaohsiung Film Festival 2017 and SeaShorts 2019 among others.

Cleaners, his debut feature film, premiered in QCinema IFF 2019. It won Best Film, Best Screenplay and Audience Choice Award in the Asian Next Wave section. It has since premiered in Busan IFF, Taipei Golden Horse IFF, and Torino Film Festival.