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
"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.”
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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|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1569643200September 28 - September 29, 2019|
|Boedecker Theater @ Dairy Arts Center||Boulder||CO||1566964800August 28 - August 31, 2019|
|Museum of Fine Arts, Houston||Houston||TX||1566014400August 17 - August 18, 2019|
|Cincinnati World Cinema||Cincinnati||OH||1565841600August 15 - August 18, 2019|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1565323200August 9 - August 15, 2019|
|The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center||Lincoln||NE||1565323200August 9 - August 15, 2019|
|Oxnard Film Society||Oxnard||CA||1564372800July 29, 2019|
|Film Streams||Omaha||NE||1564113600Coming Soon|
|Bijou Art Cinemas (Eugene, OR)||Eugene||OR||1564113600Coming Soon|
|The Barnyard||Winthrop||WA||1564113600July 26 - August 1, 2019|
|Downtown Independent Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1563508800July 19 - July 25, 2019|
|Movies of Lake Worth||Lake Worth||FL||1563508800July 19, 2019|
|Riviera Theatre||Three Rivers||MI||1563508800July 19 - August 1, 2019|
|Movies of Delray||Delray Beach||FL||1563422400July 18, 2019|
|Belcourt Theatre||Nashville||TN||1563422400July 18 - July 21, 2019|
|Laemmle Royal Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1562299200July 5 - July 18, 2019|
|Laemmle Playhouse 7||Pasadena||CA||1562299200July 5 - July 14, 2019|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1562299200July 5 - July 17, 2019|
|Film Forum||New York||NY||1561521600June 26 - July 18, 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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