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La nana (The Maid)

A film by Sebastián Silva

2009, Chile, Drama/Comedy

 

WINNER: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and Best Actress (Catalina Saavedra) – SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, 2009

- “The Remains of the Day as reimagined by a budding Luis Buñuel”
– Scott Foundas, THE VILLAGE VOICE

- “With a few brushstrokes, Sebastian Silva communicates the complicated social and moral dynamic involved in having a live-in maid.”
– Mick LaSalle, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

 

La nana (The Maid)

Dir. Sebastián Silva

Chile/Mexico, 2009, Drama
95 min. HDCam, Color

In Spanish with English Subtitles

 

After 23 years working as a devoted maid in an upper class Chilean household, embittered and ailing Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) can no longer care for the family alone. Trapped by guilt, matriarch Pilar (Claudia Celedón) refuses to let Raquel go, even though it is clear their longtime maid is slowly unraveling. Instead, Pilar hires more help, throwing Raquel into a jealous frenzy. The seemingly happy home soon becomes the stage for Raquel's dirty tricks as she attempts to drive away anyone who threatens to take her place with darkly comedic, and in the end, endearing results.


Tras 23 años de trabajar como la devota empleada doméstica de una familia Chilena de clase alta, la conflictiva y achacosa Raquel (Claudia Saavedra), no puede más hacerse cargo de la familia por sí sola. Atrapada por la culpa, Pilar (Claudia Celedón), la señora de la casa, se rehusa a despedir a Raquel, aunque resulta evidente que su empleada de tanto tiempo está perdiendo los estribos poco a poco. Así, Pilar contrata a otras mujeres para ayudar, lo cuál provoca un delirio de celos en Raquel, y la vida aparentemente apacible del hogar se convierte en escenario de trucos sucios de Raquel, quien intenta alejar a quien sea que amenaze con tomar su lugar, o peor aún, intentar comprenderla. El resultado es un drama con tintes de comedia negra, y un entrañable desenlace.



About Sebastián Silva

 

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Between 1998 and 2000, Sebastián Silva studied cinema at the Escuela de Cine de Chile. During the folowing two years, he studied advanced English at McGill University in Montreal, took courses in French language and an animation worshop directed by Tomás Wells. In the summer of 2003 he attended an advanced workshop on human figure drawing at the Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2005 and 2006 he studied film history and screenwriting under Pedro Peirano.

Sebastián’s carrer as an audiovisual artist includes painting, design, and video. His film carreer includes the development, direction and editing of the documentary feature REC, which participated in several festivals around the world. In 2006 he wrote and directed LA VIDA ME MATA, which was released in November of 2007.

He has also worked as a creative director, designing posters and conceptualizing advertising campaigns, and is the composer and lead singer of the band CHC.

His second feature LA NANA (THE MAID, 2009), took the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at Sundance, along with numerous other awards at international festivals including Miami, Guadalajara, Havana, and Cartagena, and was nominated for the Gotham Awards and the Golden Globes.

 

Cast

Raquel – Catalina Saavedra
Pilar – Claudia Celedón
Mundo – Alejandro Goic
Camila – Andrea García-Huidobro
Lucy – Mariana Loyola
Lucas – Agustín Silva
Tomás – Darok Orellana
Gabriel – Sebastián La Rivera
Mercedes – Mercedes Villanueva
Sonia – Anita Reeves
Abuela – Delfina Guzmán
Eric – Luis Dubó
Raúl – Luis Muñoz
Javiera – Andreína Olivarí
Mamá de Lucy – Gloria Canales



Crew

Directed by Sebastián Silva
Written by Sebastián Silva and Pedro Peirano
Produced by Gregorio González
Associate producers: Edgar San Juan, Issa Guerra, Sebastian Sánchez
Executive Producer: Gregorio González
Cinematography by Sergio Armstrong
Edited by Danielle Fillios

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