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
Genres: Drama
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The Chambermaid

Cast
Gabriela Cartol
Teresa Sánchez

Crew
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

“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.”

“Outstanding.”



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

PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1566014400August 17 - August 18, 2019
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles 1562299200July 5 - July 11, 2019
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1562299200July 5 - July 11, 2019
Film Forum New York 1561521600June 26 - July 9, 2019
Montclair Film Festival Montclair 1557201600May 7 - May 11, 2019
Newport Beach Film Festival Newport Beach 1556510400April 29, 2019
New Directors/New Films New York 1553832000March 29 - March 31, 2019


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