WCA: La Camarista + Q&A

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World Cinema Amsterdam: the Mexican film La Camarista with a Q&A with the director Lila Avilés.

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?

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 Avilés 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. But she keeps on dreaming of a better life for her son.

After the film screening  there will be a Q&A with the lead actress Gabriela Cartol.

This film + Q&A is free of charge for members of We Are Public

About the director:

Lila Avilés (1982, Mexico) studied direction, performing arts and film writing in Mexico, moving into film directing having acted and directed in the theatre. Her debut feature La camarista had its world première at Toronto 2018 and its European première in the New Directors competition in San Sebastian, before winning the Golden Gate New Directors Award in San Francisco 2019.


Gabriela CartolLead Actress.
Sherin SeydaProgrammemaker and moderator