The Chambermaid

Directed by Lila Avilés

Year: 2019
Running Time: 102
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
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The Chambermaid

Cast
Gabriela Cartol
Teresa Sánchez

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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

Reviews

"Critic’s Pick! Quietly stunning. After you’ve seen it, the world looks different."

"It may feel less epic in scale [than ROMA], but THE CHAMBERMAID is just as emotionally potent and perhaps even more successful at questioning the power dynamics of a workplace that has lost its sense of compassion."

"Extremely moving. Quietly pulses with life. Brought to life with bristling sensitivity and dormant rage by Mexican actress Gabriela Cartol."

"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."

“Sublime. Moments of beauty, tenderness and freedom… provide flickers of humanity that feel almost miraculous.”

"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.”

“Outstanding.”



Awards

  • Best First Feature – Ariel Awards (Mexico's Academy Awards)

  • 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

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Chelsea Theater Chapel Hill 1571371200October 18 - October 24, 2019
Aperture Cinema Winston Salem 1571025600October 14 - October 19, 2019
Academy of Music Theatre Northampton 1570939200October 13, 2019
Peoria Film Festival Phoenix 1570766400October 11, 2019
Nickelodeon Theatre Columbia 1570593600October 9, 2019
Varsity Theatre Ashland Ashland 1570161600October 4 - October 10, 2019
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1569643200September 28 - September 29, 2019
Detroit Film Theatre Detroit 1568347200September 13 - September 15, 2019
Jean Cocteau Cinema Santa Fe 1568347200September 13 - September 19, 2019
Ragtag Cinema Columbia 1568001600September 9 - September 12, 2019
Miami Dade College Tower Theater Miami 1567742400September 6 - September 12, 2019
Boedecker Theater @ Dairy Arts Center Boulder 1566964800August 28 - August 31, 2019
Grand Cinema Tacoma Tacoma 1566878400August 27, 2019
Visulite Cinema Staunton 1566792000August 26, 2019
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1566014400August 17 - August 18, 2019
Rome Capitol Theater Rome 1565928000August 16 - August 22, 2019
Cincinnati World Cinema Cincinnati 1565841600August 15 - August 18, 2019
Roxy Hotel Cinema New York 1565755200August 14 - August 18, 2019
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1565323200August 9 - August 15, 2019
The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center Lincoln 1565323200August 9 - August 15, 2019
Film Streams Omaha 1565323200August 9 - August 15, 2019
Civic Theatre Allentown 1564718400August 2 - August 8, 2019
Oxnard Film Society Oxnard 1564372800July 29, 2019
Bijou Art Cinemas (Eugene, OR) Eugene 1564113600Coming Soon
The Barnyard Winthrop 1564113600July 26 - August 1, 2019
Downtown Independent Theatre Los Angeles 1563508800July 19 - July 25, 2019
Movies of Lake Worth Lake Worth 1563508800July 19, 2019
Riviera Theatre Three Rivers 1563508800July 19 - August 1, 2019
Movies of Delray Delray Beach 1563422400July 18, 2019
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1563422400July 18 - July 21, 2019
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles 1562299200July 5 - July 18, 2019
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1562299200July 5 - July 14, 2019
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1562299200July 5 - July 17, 2019
Film Forum New York 1561521600June 26 - July 18, 2019


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