Screened as part of NZIFF 2022

Robe of Gems 2022

Manto de gemas

Directed by Natalia López Gallardo Widescreen

A missing-person case draws three women into an inescapable web in this unsettling narco-thriller from first-time director (but experienced editor) Natalia López Gallardo.

Jul 29

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Aug 04

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Argentina / Mexico In Spanish with English subtitles
118 minutes DCP


Director, Screenplay


Fernanda de la Peza
Joaquín del Paso
Natalia López Gallardo


Adrian Durazo


Natalia López Gallardo
Omar Guzmán
Miguel Schverdfinger

Production designers

Angela Leyton, Yves Roldán

Costume designer

Mary Ann Smith


Santiago Pedroncini


Nailea Norvind, Antonia Olivares, Aida Roa, Daniel García, Sherlyn Zavala, Balam Toledo


New Directors/New Films 2022


Jury Prize, Berlin Film Festival 2022


“Deep in the Mexican countryside, a community is plagued by the constant threat of looming violence. Here, three women from different social classes – a maid, her wealthy employer, and a police officer – become tragically affected by a missing-person case related to organized crime. A work of accruing power and sinister depths simmering below a placid surface, Robe of Gems is the accomplished, unsettlingly oblique debut feature by Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear–winner Natalia López Gallardo (previously an editor for such filmmakers as Carlos Reygadas and Lisandro Alonso). Filled with unshakable images, Robe of Gems weaves an ever-expanding web of characters touched by violence, trauma, and daily rupture.” — New Directors/New Films 2022

“This is a superbly crafted film with impressive cinematography, a rich soundscape, and a strong ensemble. With valuable contributions from her first-rate cast and crew, López Gallardo creates a haunting world marked by violence, loss, and uncertainty. Her methods keep the audience at arm’s length and prove to be quite challenging at times, but the end result is a significant achievement that deserves to be widely seen and discussed.” — Eren Odabası, International Cinephile Society