Thu, Jul 18, 7:00pm: Introduction from Juliana Ospina Cano, executive director of Conexión Américas. BUY TICKETS
The daily routine and grand ambitions of a hard-working young chambermaid at a high-end hotel are poignantly explored in Lila Avilés’ striking debut feature. Eve (Gabriela Cartol) works long hours as a maid at a luxurious hotel in Mexico City. A young, single mother who travels far to get to work, she has aspirations for the future and hopes her diligence will get her a coveted spot as the cleaner on an executive floor. Eve enrolls in the hotel's adult education program in her quest for a better life, but quickly discovers that it's not necessarily the most hard-working who get noticed for advancement.
"Possessed with deadpan wit and downplayed humanistic warmth...and a poised lead performance by Gabriela Cartol that’s so undemonstrative that it’s practically an exercise in Zen… It will mark [director Lila] Avilés as a name to watch." —Jonathan Romney, Screen International “Our sense of exploitation and alienation is palpable, but the moments of beauty, tenderness and freedom that punctuate the drudgery provide flickers of humanity that feel almost miraculous.” —A.O. Scott, New York Times “Quiet, unapologetically political and deeply affecting.” —Liz Gorny, One Room With A View
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