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In her multi-award-winning feature debut, theater director Lila Avilés turns the monotonous workday of Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a beautifully observed film rich with detail. Set entirely in an alienating hotel 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, which is set in the same city, THE CHAMBERMAID salutes the invisible women caretakers who are the hardworking backbone of society. Winner, Best First Feature, 2019 Ariel Awards; Winner, Best First Work, 2019 Havana Film Festival; Winner, Jury Prize, 2018 Marrakech International Film Festival; Winner, Best Mexican Feature Film, 2018 Morelia International Film Festival; Winner, Cine Latino Award, 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival; Winner, Best New Director, 2018 Portland International Film Festival; Winner, Golden Gate Award, 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival; Official Selection, 2018 San Sebastián, Toronto, London and AFI FEST film festivals; 2019 New Directors/New Films and AFI Latin American Film Festival.

DC Labor FilmFest

April 30–June 6

Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO and the AFI Silver, the DC Labor FilmFest features a wide-ranging selection of films about work, workers and the wider issues affecting workers' lives. This year, for its 20th edition, the festival goes virtual, presenting a lineup of outstanding work-related cinema online for audiences in the Washington, DC, area and beyond. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Mexico, United States
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Lila Avilés
  • Screenwriter
    Lila Avilés, Juan Carlos Marquéz
  • Producer
    Lila Avilés, Tatiana Graullera
  • Cast
    Gabriela Cartol, Agustina Quinci, Teresa Sánchez