Last years Toronto Film Festival entry The Chambermaid has been selected by the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematograficas to represent Mexico at the 92nd Oscars. The film is the first feature directed by Lila Aviles. Kino Lorber has domestic rights.
The story traces the daily routine and grand ambitions of a hard-working chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel. A young, single mother who travels far to get to her place of work, Eve has aspirations for the future and hopes that her diligence will get her a coveted spot as the cleaner on an executive floor. She enrolls in the hotels adult education program in her quest for a better life but quickly discovers that its not necessarily the most hard-working who get noticed for advancement.
Mexico is coming off of its first Oscar win in the Foreign Language race (now known as the International Feature Film category) with Alfonso Cuarons Roma. The country previously had received eight nominations. Over the past year, The Chambermaid has scooped prizes in Palm Springs, Portland, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Marrakech, among others.