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Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series: The Chambermaid

Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series: The Chambermaid

This year’s TIFF presented two portraits about Mexico’s working class. We have Alfonso Cuaron’s take and then we have theatre director turned filmmaker Lila Avilés‘ directorial fiction debut in The Chambermaid (La camarista). The Discovery programme (will move onto the San Sebastian Film Festival) offering showcases Gabriela Cartol (she is having a remarkable 2018 with several titles to be released). This is inspired by Avilés’ theater play of the same name—in turn inspired by Sophie Calle’s 1980 artistic project The Hotel.

Lila Avilés, THE CHAMBERMAID / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Gabriela Cartol, THE CHAMBERMAID / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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