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La camarista

Eve is a chambermaid at a luxury hotel in Mexico City. She works long hours for little pay, dreaming of a better life. But how likely is that to happen?

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La camarista

Social inequality is huge in Mexico. More than half of the population is living below the poverty line, yet a small number of rich people are basking in unprecedented opulence. In her feature debut, director Lila Avil├ęs illustrates this stark contrast through the daily routine of chambermaid Eve (Gabriela Cartol), who works in the luxury Hotel Presidente Internacional in Mexico City.

In a quasi-documentary style, the camera follows the taciturn Eve during her daily chores. Scarcely noticed by the guests, she is a hard worker, which makes her popular with her co-workers. She aspires to work on the 42nd floor one day, where the truly luxury suites are located; as she doesn't know anyone in the hotel management the chances of that happening are small however. Besides her work, she also enrols in a night course, above all dreaming of a better life for her son.

Winner Jury Award World Cinema Amsterdam 2019

Q&A with La camarista-director Lila Avil├ęs

Rialto's Renske Diks recently spoke with La camarista director Lila Avil├ęs. You can watch this Q&A here.

The Q&A