Robe of Gems

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

A visually stunning and profoundly unsettling debut film (winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the 2022 Berlinale) brings into focus the rarely-seen landscapes of the Mexican countryside. In a place steeped in social tragedy and criminal activity, the fates of three women collide when the investigation of a missing person’s case leads them down a path of pain and redemption. Clandestine graves haunt the film’s society which constantly sees its children disappear, or worse, murdered. “Mexico is like a God with multiple faces and the same number of contradictions,” says the director, who fully knows from personal experience the dark sadness that suffocates the country’s fragile social bonds.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Natalia López Gallardo
Script: Natalia López Gallardo
Cinematography: Adrian Durazo
Editing: Natalia López Gallardo, Omar Guzmán, Miguel Schverdfinger
Sound: Victor Tendler, Raúl Locatelli, Guido Berenblum, Thomas Becka, Carlos Cortés
Music: Santiago Pedroncini
Actors: Nailea Norvind, Antonia Olivares, Aida Roa, Daniel García, Sherlyn Zavala, Balam Toledo, Mónica Poggio
Production: Cárcava Cine, Lobo en medio de Lobos
Producers: Fernanda de la Peza, Joaquín del Paso, Natalia López Gallardo
Co-production: Rei Cine, FOPROCINE, Splendor Omnia, Cactus Film and Video, Empirica, Pretty____Ideas, Off Hollywood, Detalle Films, CTT Exp & Rentals
Co-producers: Benjamín Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, José Cohen, Adrian Durazo, Carlos Reygadas, Moisés Cosío, Rodrigo Iturralde, Georgina González, María de Jesús García, Jaqueline Hernández
Costumes: Mary Ann Smith
Production Design: Adrian Durazo
Executive producer: Sacha Ben Harroche, Ryan Zacarias, Eugenio Fernández Abril
Make Up: Jorge Fuentes
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Mexico, Argentina
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 118΄
Distribution in Greece: Ama Films
Contact: Visit Films
Awards/Distinctions: Silver Bear Jury Prize Award – Berlin IFF 2022

Natalia López Gallardo

The Mexican-Bolivian filmmaker, writer, editor and actor was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1980. After studying film in Mexico, she edited films by Lisandro Alonso, Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante. Her short film En el cielo como en la tierra screened in the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes in 2007. She currently heads the Splendor Omnia post-production studio located near Mexico City. Robe of Gems is her debut feature film.