Directed by Lila Avilés
In her feature debut, theater director Lila Avilés turns the monotonous work day of Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail. Set entirely in this alienating environment, with extended scenes taking place in the guest rooms, hallways, and cleaning facilities, this minimalist yet sumptuous movie brings to the fore Eve’s hopes, dreams, and desires. As with Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA, set in the same city, The Chambermaid salutes the invisible women caretakers who are the hard-working backbone of society. – New Directors/New Films
“Sublime. Moments of beauty, tenderness and freedom… provide flickers of humanity that feel almost miraculous.”
"Possessed of a deadpan wit and downplayed humanistic warmth... and a poised lead performance by Gabriela Cartol. It will mark Avilés as a name to watch."
"Funny and playful... Nuanced and natural, it has a quiet and modest power as it comments on the ironies of contemporary cities like Mexico City and their growing economic divide."
"Winningly grounded. A compassionate tribute to Mexico’s anonymous laboring classes."
"Formally confident and technically polished. Avilés is an exciting find."
“Newcomer Cartol is a revelation. There’s an inner light bursting to break free.”
“A truly astonishing gem.”
Winner: Best Film – Morelia Film Festival
Winner: Jury Prize – Marrakech Film Festival
Official Selection – San Sebastian Film Festival
Official Selection – Toronto Film Festival
Official Selection – AFI Fest
Official Selection – New Directors/New Films
|Museum of Fine Arts, Houston||Houston||TX||1566014400August 17 - August 18, 2019|
|Laemmle Royal Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1562299200July 5 - July 11, 2019|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1562299200July 5 - July 11, 2019|
|Film Forum||New York||NY||1561521600June 26 - July 9, 2019|
|Montclair Film Festival||Montclair||NJ||1557201600May 7 - May 11, 2019|
|Newport Beach Film Festival||Newport Beach||CA||1556510400April 29, 2019|
|New Directors/New Films||New York||NY||1553832000March 29 - March 31, 2019|
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