THE MAID

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SYNOPSIS:

Raquel, a bitter and introverted woman, has been the Valdés family’s maid for 23 years. One day Pilar, her mistress, hires another maid to help Raquel with her chores. Raquel, feeling her place in the family threatened, drives the new arrival away with cruel psychological abuse. This happens time and again, until Pilar hires Lucy, a merry girl from the countryside who has never worked as a maid before. It is Lucy who finally breaks the barrier Raquel has erected around herself.

 

A Forastero production, in co-production with Diroriro, Tiburón Filmes and Puntoguiónpunto
Directed by: Sebastián Silva
Written by: Sebastián Silva and Pedro Peirano
Produced by: Gregorio González

CAST:

Catalina Saavedra, Alejandro Goic, Mariana Loyola, Claudia Celedón, Agustín Silva

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DIRECTOR:

Sebastián Silva was born in Santiago, Chile in 1979.
His first movie, “La Vida Me Mata”, premiered in 2007, won Best Movie at the Pedro Sienna Awards in 2008.
In February 2008, Silva directed and wrote (with Pedro Peirano) “The Maid”. The film, premiered in 2009, won multiple awards, including the Grand Jury Prize – World Cinema Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and was nominated for Best Foreign Movie in the 2010 Golden Globes and in the 2010 NAACP Image Awards.
Silva associated himself one more time with Pedro Peirano to write “Gatos Viejos”, premiered in 2010 at the Valdivia International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.
The success of “The Maid” took Silva to Sundance one more time in 2013, where he premiered his next two films, “Magic Magic” and “Crystal Fairy”, both starring American indie actor Michael Cera. Silva won the Sundance Directing Award: World Cinema – Dramatic for “Crystal Fairy”.
In 2015, Silva directed, wrote and starred in “Nasty Baby”, alongside “Saturday Night Live” former cast member Kristen Wiig and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. The film premiered in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as being selected for the Panorama Selection at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award for Best LGBT Movie.

AWARDS:

Sundance Film Festival:
Dramatic World Cinema Jury Prize
Dramatic Special Jury Prize: Catalina Saavedra’s Acting
Miami International Film Festival:
Jury Special Mention
Best Actress: Catalina Saavedra
Jordan Alexander Ressler Prize : Best Script
International Film Guide Inspiration Award
Fribourg Film Festival:
Talent Tape Award
Sarasota Film Festival:
Best Narrative Film
Guadalajara Film Festival:
FIPRESCI Prize
Cartagena de Indias Film Festival:
Specialized Critic Prize
Best Actress Catalina Saavedra
Off Plus Camera Film Festival, Poland:
Cracow Film Award
Transilvania Film Festival:
Best acting prize to La Nana’s complete cast
Art Museums Festivals:
New Directors / New Films (MoMA, Lincoln Center, NY)
Latin Wave, Houston Fine Arts Museum
Paris Cinema Festival:
Audience award
Taipei Film Festival:
Special Mention New Talent Competition
3rd Audience Award Award
Lima Film Festival:
Best fiction film
International Critic Awards
Santa Cruz Film Festival:
Best actress: Catalina Saavedra
Biarritz Film Festival
French Critics Union Award
Young Europeans Jury Awards
Best Female Performance (Catalina Saavedra)
Paraguay International Film Festival:
Second prize Panambí Audience Award
Valdivia Film Festival:
Public Award: Best Chilean Movie
Viña del Mar Film Festival:
Public Award
Best Actress: Catalina Saavedra
Specializied Press Award
Young Jury Award: Best Movie
Huelva Film Festival:
Golden “Colón”: Best Movie de Oro a la Mejor Película
Silver “Colón”: Best Director
Best Actress: Catalina Saavedra
Turin International Film Festival:
Best Actress : Catalina Saavedra
Satellite Awards
Best feature film in foreign language (shared with “Broken Embraces”)
Gotham Awards:
Best Actress: Catalina Saavedra
Nomination for Best Foreign Film in Golden Globes 2010