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The Chambermaid

The Chambermaid

Date: January 12, 2020

Location: Virtual

In her feature debut, theater director Lila Avilés turns the monotonous work day of Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail. Set entirely in this alienating 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, set in the same city, The Chambermaid salutes the invisible women caretakers who are the hard-working backbone of society.


This program is free and open to the public and begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 12th in the UICA theater.

A panel discussion with a film scholar and history/cultural representative takes place after the film viewing, followed by a reception with complimentary food and beverages reflecting the regional cuisine of the film's origin.


Panel Discussion for The Chambermaid:

Moderator: Michel Pichot

Panelist(s): Mayra Fortes González (film); Dante Villareal (culture)

More about Chiaroscuro's 14th Season:

2020 Series Theme: Together

Chiaroscuro International Film Series, together with Grand Rapids Sister Cities International, presents a selection of award-winning films from Mexico, Poland, Japan, Italy, and Ghana.

Sister cities: Zapopan, Mexico; Bielsko-Biala, Poland; Omihachiman, Japan; Perugia, Italy; and Ga District, Ghana.


The Chambermaid Official Trailer

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Compass College of Cinematic Arts

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