The Chambermaid

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    The Chambermaid

    La Camarista

    Directed by

    Mexico

    2018

    102 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Eve (Gabriela Cartol) works long hours as a maid at a luxurious hotel in Mexico City. A young, single mother who travels far to get to her place of work, Eve has aspirations for the future and hopes that her diligence will get her a coveted spot as the cleaner on an executive floor. She enrolls in the hotel's adult education program in her quest for a better life but quickly discovers that it's not necessarily the most hard-working who get noticed for advancement.

    Awards

    • Guerrero Prize of the Press Fiction, Ojo Prize for Mexican Feature Film - Morelia IFF
    • Jury Prize - Marrakech IFF
    • GGA New Directors Award - San Francisco IFF
    • Mexico's Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Gabriela Cartol
    Teresa Sánchez
    Screenplay
    Lila Avilés
    Juan Carlos Marquéz
    Cinematography
    Carlos Rossini
    Editing
    Omar Guzmán
    Production
    LIMERENCIA
    Production
    LA PANDA PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    BAD BOY BILLY PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE (IMCINE)
    Production
    BAMBU AUDIOVISUAL
    Sales
    ALPHA VIOLET

    Press

    The Chambermaid steadily mounts the entitlements and cajoling of Eve’s bourgeois out-of-town clients, well-meaning or otherwise, while the plot deftly tracks her possible promotion to a higher, better-paid floor.

    Steve Macfarlane, Cinema Scope

    Lila Avilés

    Lila Avilés

    Mexico

    I see cinema as a moment to think and go deeper. For me that is the importance of cinema that something profound is moving.

    Lila Avilés was born in Mexico. She has worked in the theater as a director, writer and actress. She then moved into directing some shorts. Her documentary THE FERTILITY OF THE LAND won Best Documentary in Ecofilm Fest 2016. NENA is a short documentary about her aunt´s life in Cuernavaca. Her debut feature THE CHAMBERMAID had its international premiere at the 2018 Toronto IFF, and European premiere at the 2018 San Sebastian FF. It won the Guerrero Prize of the Press Fiction and Ojo Prize for Mexican Feature Film at the Morelia FF. She is developing her next movie that is an autobiographical story.

    Selected Filmography