A quietly powerful observation of a young hotel maid who is already a mother, but not yet her own person.
In the dizzyingly chic hallways of Mexico City’s Hotel Presidente Internacional, young chambermaid Eve toils through monotonously long workdays. Faced with endless empty rooms, she takes comfort in rare meaningful connections; a left-behind red dress, a guest that needs help, a burgeoning sexual encounter, a possible promotion. In these glimmers of kindness and hope, Eve holds on to her dreams of a better life, for herself and her son.
The feature debut of Mexican director-actress-dramatist Lila Avilés, The Chambermaid is a stunning achievement in near-vérité filmmaking. Stemming from Avilés own friendships with hotel workers, the film magnifies the struggles of the disenfranchised through the naturalism and deep pathos of lead actress Gabriela Cartol. With wry humour, it masterfully moulds a strikingly affecting portrait of womanhood and the humanity of often-invisible heroes.
Cast & Credits
Lila Avilés started her career in theatre, showcasing her acting and directing in the plays Microdermoabrasión (2012) and The Chambermaid (2013 – 2014)—which inspired her debut feature film. Avilés’s short films include 2016’s Reconstruction and 2017’s Nena. The Chambermaid premiered in San Sebastián International Film Festival’s New Director’s Competition in 2018.
Lila Avilés, Tatiana Graullera
Lila Avilés, Juan Carlos Marquéz
Gabriela Cartol, Teresa Sánchez
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, San Sebastian Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, BFI London Film Festival 2018