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The Chambermaid 

Hailed as one of the strongest new voices in Mexican cinema, Lila Avilés has impressed international juries and audiences with her feature debut The Chambermaid (La camarista). Set in Mexico City, a metropolis where the economic inequality is brutally visible, the quiet narrative follows Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a housekeeper at an exclusive hotel. Despite the arduous work hours she puts in day after day, her prospects for a better life are limited. Her ambitions, however, are undeterred. Avilés naturalistic salute to unseen working class heroes succeeds because it goes beyond the surface.  

Gabriela Cartol in Lila Avilés’ The Chambermaid. Image courtesy of AFI Fest.

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