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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

La camarista (The Chambermaid) (2019 Feature Film)

Lila Avilés | Mexico | 2018 | color | DCP | 102' | Spanish | e.s.

A charming, captivating drama about a chambermaid at an upmarket hotel, who seems invisible to the rich people whose rooms she cleans. Eve (Gabriela Cartol) tries to escape poverty by going back to school and starting new friendships, but that is easier said than done in this demanding, poorly paid job.

Chambermaid Eve is one of the ‘invisible’ staff at an upmarket hotel in Mexico City. Behind the scenes of this huge glass skyscraper lies a disconcerting microcosm inhabited by toiling employees. Eve literally spends day and night there because she doesn’t have a shower at home. The film reveals all the hotel’s nooks and crannies; only the lives of the rich that play out in the rooms remain a mystery. Eve gets an inkling from the items the guests leave behind.

In her feature film debut, Lila Avilés manages to portray the experiences of a hardworking woman in Mexico City in a particularly moving, yet subtle manner. Avilés has a background in acting and this helps her get the most out of Gabriela Cartol as the quiet chambermaid. This charming, captivating drama about the chasm between rich and poor shows Eve attempting to escape poverty; easier said than done in this demanding, poorly paid job.

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 18:30

Duration: 1:14

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 13:45

Duration: 1:14

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 15:30

Duration: 1:14

Year in Festival
Lila Avilés
Carlos Rossini
Gabriela Cartol
Teresa Sánchez
Omar Guzmán
Lila Avilés
Tatiana Graullera
Production Company
Year of Production
Lila Avilés


Lila AVILÉS (1982, Mexico) became known as a theater maker and actress, then continued her career as the director of a series of short films including Déjà vu (2016), La fertilidad de la tierra (2016) and Nena (2016). A short version of her feature film debut La camarista was selected for Los Cabos Works in Progress. The end result had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Mi vida en barba (2015, short), Limerencia (2015, short), Déjà vu (2016, short), Reconstrucción (2016, short), La fertilidad de la tierra (2016, short), Bonitas (2017, short), Nena (2017, short), La camarista/The Chambermaid (2019)