On June 24 the Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg-Tchaikovskogo and St. Petersburg International Festival of Festivals Film Festival invited their partners and friends to a private film screening of Benoit Jacquot’s exciting most recent work, Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d’une femme de chamber). The film saw its world premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015.
Diary of a Chambermaid is loosely based on Octave Mirbeau’s classic novel, which has long been rather popular among film directors. For instance, Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel created their renditions of the piece in 1946 and 1964 respectively. The film’s main character, chambermaid Celestine, possesses an impressive diploma and a range of useful household skills. The young lady is also well-mannered and irresistibly charming, winning men’s attention with enviable ease. The landlord falls for Celestina, while the landlady predictably gets to hate hates the girl and relentlessly burdens the chambermaid with the most complicated tasks.
The film screening was attended by prominent St. Petersburg actors who perform in Vasily Senin’s production of Marriage of Figaro that recently premiered at the Priut Komedianta theater. The hotel organized a raffle draw among the guests of the screening, and the prizes included tickets to the show.
The evening was presented by the popular St. Petersburg radio host Tatyana Troyanskaya.