SPA19 The Chambermaid

27th March, 2019 (CTC)
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  • Director Lila Avilés
  • Cast Gabriela Cartol, Teresa Sánchez, Agustina Quinci
  • Duration 102 min
  • Rating CTC
  • Language Spanish with English subtitles
  • Genre Drama

Synopsis

Eve (Gabriela Cartol) is a diligent, polite, hard-working chambermaid at a luxurious Mexico City hotel, one in which she would never be able to stay. Amidst the monotony of repeated long workdays away from her young son, Eve dreams of a better life. Believing her situation will improve if she is promoted to work in the executive suites on the coveted 42nd floor, she accepts her gruelling schedule. Scrupulously following the rules and determined to impress, Eve is careful of her every move, rebuffing the advances of the hotel’s window-washer, and enrolling in the hotel’s adult education programme. But one mistake may prove disastrous, as it initiates a tragic domino effect that will put all Eve’s hopes in jeopardy.
Premiering to audience and critic acclaim at Toronto and London Film Festivals, director Lila Avilés’ striking and compelling debut feature is a vital exploration of the Mexican class divide. With stunning naturalistic camerawork that follows every detail of Eve’s routine, we are faced with the isolation of ordinary working people in this wry take on privilege and exploitation.

Awards

WINNER: Cine Latino Award – Special Mention, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Ojo Award – Best Mexican Feature Film, Morelia International Film Festival 2018
WINNER: Prix du Jury, Marrakech International Film Festival 2018
NOMINATED: New Directors Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018

Reviews

  • “Coolly unsentimental to the point of being glacial, but possessed of a deadpan wit and downplayed humanistic warmth of its own.” - Screen International

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