The Chambermaid (La Camarista)

by Lila Avilés

Synopsis

 

 

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Eve, a young chambermaid at a luxurious Mexico City hotel, confronts the monotony of long workdays with quiet examinations of forgotten belongings and budding friendships that nourish her newfound and determined dream for a better life.

 

Specifications

Mexico-2018- HD – 102 min – 2:35.1 – 5.1 – Spanish

Directed by

Lila Avilés

Produced by

Lila Avilés & Tatiana Graullera (Limerencia)

FOPROCINE México

Bad Boy Billy Production (Axel Shalson)

La Panda Productions (Jana Diaz-Juhl & Pau Brunet)

Bambú Audiovisual

Written by

Lila Avilés & Juan Carlos Marquéz

Crew

DOP –  Carlos Rossini

Editor –  Omar Guzmán

Sound Design – Guido Berenblum

Production design –  Vika Fleitas

Cast

Gabriela Cartol (Eve)

Teresa Sánchez (Minitoy)

Agustina Quinci (The Argentinean Mother)

Festivals

Toronto IFF 2018 – Discovery (World premiere)

San Sebastian IFF 2018 – New DirectorsCompetition (European premiere)

Busan IFF 2018 – Flash Forward

BFI London FF 2018 – First Feature Competition

La Orquidea IFF Cuenca 2018 (Equator) – CompetitionÓpera Prima Iberoamericana, Best Direction for Lila Avilés and
Best Actress award for Gabriela Cartol

Morelia IFF 2018 (Mexico) – Premio Guerrero de la prensa ficcion and  Ojo for Mexican Feature Film

Tofifest IFF 2018 (Poland) – Forward !

Rio de Janeiro IFF 2018 (Brazil)

Minsk IFF “Listopad” 2018 (Belarus) – Best Feature film Award and FIPRESCI Award

AFI Fest 2018 (USA) – New Auteurs

Stockhom IFF 2018 (Sweden) – Competition

FILMAR en America Latina 2018 (Switzerland) – Focus Sud

Festival International du Film de Marrakech 2018 (Morocco) – Jury Prize for Lila Avilés

Singapore IFF 2018 – Cinema Today

La Habana FF 2018 (Cuba) – Special Jury Award

Palm Springs IFF 2019 (USA) – Cine CV Award : Honorable Mention

Hong Kong IFF 2019 – Latin American Cinema

Istanbul IFF 2019 (Turkey) – No More Flower Section

MOOOV Film Festival 2019 (Belgium) – Competition

ARIEL Mexico – 10 Nominations (Best Director, Best Actress, Best Script, Best Film, Best Supporting Roles, Best Cinematography…)

San Francisco IFF 2019 (USA) – Best Feature film

Taipei IFF 2019 –  International New Talent Competition

Transbaikalia FF 2019 (Russia) – CompetitionBest Director

Bio - Filmo

Lila Avilés studied Direction and Performing Arts with some of the leading theatrical figures in México such as Martin Acosta, Sandra Felix and Juliana Faesler. She also studied film writing with Beatriz Novaro and Paula Marcovich. After her beginnings as a theater actress she moved into directing. Her work as a director includes “Gardenia Club”, “Microdermoabrasión” (National Theater Award), “Antígona” and “The Chambermaid” – that would become the inspiration for her first feature film. She has also directed the operas “Cossi Fan Tutte” and “Alcina” by Mozart and Händel respectively. Lila´s latest play as a producer and actress, “Nothing” and “Everything” by Janne Teller, opened in January 2018 at the UNAM theater in Mexico City.

Her debut feature film, “The Chambermaid” received multiple Awards at both Los Cabos Film Festival and Ventana Sur as work-in-progress.

She is currently immersed in the process writing her next feature film, that will be an autobiographical story.

Press Quotes

“This debut by former actress Lila Aviles marks her out as a name to watch”   Screen Daily

This debut looks like a gem… Small, intimate, this is small ball writ large.”  by Slash Film

A fascinating observational drama” by John Fink – The film Stage

“Striking in its own way….Possessed of a deadpan wit and downplayed humanistic warmth of its own… It will mark Avilés as a name to watch” by Jonathan Romney – Screen International

Mexican director Lila Aviles is a new and intriguing face in the international cinema scene” Far Out Magazine