I have lived in the Mexican countryside for over fifteen years, a place to witness the progressive collapse of the social tissue and dream about falling heads. With two kids of my own I have imagined, laterally through the mist, the daily lives of parents with murdered or missing children, awakening the darkest of sadness.

I spent a year in the casting process talking to people around my village. I met a family that had abducted a man and kept him in their house. But from afar everything seemed normal. The father was devoted to his work as a taxi driver and loved his children. The kids continued to go to school, their mother worked hard at home. Life continued.

Their 16-year-old son flirted with the criminal world. But he also loved to dance and always helped his mother. As a family, they were generous with their neighbors, played football with the community, and attended parties. One quality came to mind: they were kind-hearted. But they needed money. Mexico is like a God with multiple faces and equal contradictions.

That is what this film is about. After years of exposure to infinite images of torture, something shifts in our minds and dreams. Maps of clandestine graves, missing people’s faces, homicides of men and women alike. The list goes on. But for every vivid form of violence, there is an invisible one: the spiritual wound and its psychological dimension. This is precisely what I want to evoke.

I think of Robe of Gems as a collage that reflects a universe where all the characters contribute –as victims or offenders– to the cycle of violence, without being aware. Through feelings of impotence, fear, and guilt, the main characters explore the unconscious implications of this reality.

Ocotitlán / January 2022


In the middle of her divorce, Isabel settles in her family’s abandoned country house with her children. There she discovers that her assistant María has a missing sister. Isabel offers to help in the search as the fate of both women intertwines.

Meanwhile, Roberta, a police commander, wants to rescue her son from the underworld of crime. There, she will accidentally cross paths with the two inquirers: Isabel and María.

Three destinies come together in a world of confusion and abandonment where, despite all, the human spirit rebels against misfortune and does not perish.

Original title: Manto de gemas (Robe of Gems)

Director & Writer: Natalia López Gallardo

Producers: Natalia López Gallardo – Fernanda De la Peza – Joaquín del Paso

Cinematographer: Adrián Durazo

Direct sound: Victor Tendler – Raúl Locatelli

Art designer: Ángela Leyton

Costume designer: Mary Ann Smith

Sound design: Thomas Becka – Guido Berenblum

Editors: Omar Guzmán – Natalia López Gallardo – Miguel Schverdfinger

Year: 2022

Duration: 158 minutos

Genre: Drama

Language: Español

Format: 2K DCP

Aspect ratio: Scope 2:39

Sound: 5.1 THX

Production Company: Cárcava Cine

Coproduction companies: Rei Cine – Foprocine – Splendor Omnia – Cactus Film and Video – Empírica – Pretty Ideas – Off Hollywood – Detalle Films – CTT Exp & Rentals

Executive Producers: Sacha Ben Harroche – Ryan Zacarias – Benjamín Domenech

Sales agent: Visit Films

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Crónica | Natalia López Gallardo: ‘La violencia ha penetrado en el tejido social de manera definitoria’

El sol de México | Con Manto de gemas, Natalia López compite por Largometraje mexicano en el FICM

El economista | “Manto de gemas”, la herida que todos llevamos dentro

Vagabunda | ENTREVISTA | «Manto de gemas», ópera prima de Natalia López que triunfó en Berlín y ahora se presenta en el FICM

Sopitas | ‘Manto de gemas’: Natalia López Gallardo nos habla de su debut como directora y las capas de la película

El universal | “Manto de gemas” llega al FICM

Reforma | Retrata ‘Manto de Gemas’ la indiferencia de la gente

Filmelier | ‘Manto de gemas’: la ganadora de dirección en el FICM 2022 ya tiene detalles de estreno

A tiempo | Manto de gemas cierra la competencia en el 20 FICM

Tomatazos | FICM 2022 | RESEÑA: Manto de Gemas | La violencia que invade y contamina todo

Imcine | ‘Manto de gemas’, de Natalia López Gallardo, y la atmósfera de la violencia

El sol de Morelia | Con Manto de gemas, Natalia López compite por Largometraje mexicano en el FICM

Quadratin | Nailea Norvind: en Manto de Gemas, un papel de suavidad y violencia

Spoiler | Manto de gemas, puerta y ventana para asumirnos ante la violencia

Columna digital | ‘Manto de gemas’ de Natalia López Gallardo compite por Largometraje Mexicano en el FICM

Encuadres | MANTO DE GEMAS de Natalia López

Tomatazos | FICM 2022| ENTREVISTA | Manto de gemas: el cine debe crear experiencias antes que significados

Cine NT | Entrevista a Natalia López Gallardo por “Manto de Gemas”

Mezcolanza Films | Entrevista con Natalia López, directora de “Manto de Gemas”

Mezcolanza Films | Entrevista con Nailea Norvind, una de las protagonistas de “Manto de Gemas” ópera prima de Natalia López

PECIME | «Manto de gemas» historia de desapariciones, protagonizada por Nailea Norvind

APUNTESdeCINE | con los ganadores del FICM

Sistema Michoacano de Radio y TV | Radio | Secuencia 20 | SMRTV

Radio Educación / Gente de Cine | Festival de cine en Morelia, documentales Pedro y Ahora que estamos juntas en Gente de Cine

rosario3 | Thor: amor y trueno, Memoria y Manto de gemas, los tres estrenos en cines de Rosario | rosario3 | 2022

Conclusión | Con Thor a la cabeza, se estrenan tres películas en los cines rosarinos | Conclusión | 2022

El ciudadano & la región | Este jueves se conoce en Rosario “Manto de gemas” de Natalia López Gallardo | El ciudadano & la región | 2022

Gossip addict | Estrenos de cine: Manto de gemas es un potente retrato de la desolación mexicana comandado por mujeres | Gossip addict | 2022

Ludiconnews | Estrenos 7 de Julio| Rolando Gallego | 2022

Cines argentinos | MANTO DE GEMAS | Cines argentinos | 2022

Con pochoclos | Confirmación estreno: ‘Manto de Gemas’, una película de Natalia López Gallardo | Fede | 2022

GPS audiovisual | «Manto de gemas», de Natalia López Gallardo (Estreno: 7 de julio) | redacción | 2022

El noticiero digital | Se estrena “Manto de gemas”, la ópera prima de Natalia López Gallardo | Sala de noticias | 2022

Anoche cine | «Manto de Gemas» | Daniel Toledo | 2022

Cine argentino hoy | Crítica de “Manto de gemas” | Ricardo De Luca | 2022

Cinergía online | Manto de gemas: Un fuerte retrato de la desolación (REVIEW) | Gastón Dufour | 2022

Cuatro bastardos | [REVIEW] Manto de gemas | Juan Matías Terzano | 2022

Fun cinema | Se estrena la coproducción con México, Manto de gemas | Fun cinema | 2022

Foro de Baires | “Manto de gemas”, una película de Natalia López Gallardo | admin | 2022

Ultracine | El jueves 7 de julio se renueva la cartelera argentina con tres nuevas propuestas: “Thor: amor y trueno”, “Memoria” y “Manto de gemas”. | Ultracine | 2022

El destape | «Manto de gemas», de Natalia López Gallardo, con siete funciones en el cine del San Martín | El destape | 2022

Clarín | Coproducción con México Manto de gemas, ganadora de un Oso de Plata, llega a la Sala Leopoldo Lugones | Clarín | 2022 | Se estrena «Manto de gemas», la ópera prima de Natalia López Gallardo | | 2022


La Capital | «Manto de gemas», un film sobre el colapso del tejido social | La Capital | 2022

YouTube | Estrenos internacionales de la semana | Televisión Pública Noticias | 2022

El día | Mónica Poggio: “Uno es un coleccionista de experiencias” | El día | 2022

Página 12 | Natalia López Gallardo: «Quería hablar sobre la herida que compartimos» | Oscar Ranzani | 2022

Haciendo cine | “Manto de gemas”: Natalia López Gallardo debuta como directora con una fuerte historia | Rolando Gallego | 2022

Telam digital | «Manto de gemas», un preciso retrato de las consecuencias del narcotráfico en México | Hugo F. Sánchez | 2022

Tiempo argentino | “Manto de gemas”, una mirada femenina sobre la violencia en México | Diego Gez | 2022

Micropsia | Estrenos: crítica de «Manto de gemas», de Natalia López Gallardo | Diego Lerer | 2022

Swissinfo | Cineastas de Argentina, Bolivia y Chile en festival español de San Sebastián | Swissinfo| 2022

La Gaceta | Se proyecta “Manto de gemas”, un drama mexicano | La Gaceta | 2022

Sitio Andino | El Cine Universidad estrena el film «Manto de gemas» | Sitio Andino | 2022

Opinión | López busca consagrarse en San Sebastián con «Manto de gemas» | Opinión | 2022

Opinión | «Manto de gemas», de la boliviana Natalia López, busca triunfar en San Sebastián | Opinión | 2022

La estatuilla | La Selección Oficial de FICM 2022 – “Huesera”, “Manto de gemas”, “El norte sobre el vacío” y más | Ricardo Gallegos | 2022

HJCK | Cineastas de Argentina, Bolivia y Chile en festival español de San Sebastián | Efe | 2022

Broadsheet | Our Guide to MIFF’s Inaugural Bright Horizons Emerging Films Award | Anthony Morris | 2022

Time out | Motovun Film Festival showcases new features and screen classics | Nikolas Pfanner | 2022

Concrete playground | Ten Movies You Really Need to See on the Big Screen at the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival | Sarah Ward | 2022

OUTNOW | Film review: In the clutches of the Mexican mafia

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE | Berlinale 2022 Critic’s Notebook: The Novelist’s Film, Both Sides of the Blade, Robe of Gems

THE GUARDIAN | Berlin film festival 2022 roundup

MORNING STAR | Berlin returns to former glory while Rotterdam stalls

VERVE TIMES | Berlin Film Festival 2022 Roundup

TABULARASA | Berlinale: With prizes for six women in eight categories, a clear exclamation mark was set for female film art.

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DE HABEAS DATA | The Spanish film Alcarres wins the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival

MUY WASO | We chatted with Natalia López, winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlinale

IONCINEMA | Video Interview: Natalia López Gallardo – Robe of Gems

IMDB | Interview with Natalia López (IONCINEMA Syndication)

SCREEN DAILY | 13 films that stood out at Berlin 2022

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DEADLINE | International Insider: Paramount Importance; Berlin Closes As Series Mania Opens; Bullying & Mental Health On The Agenda

NEW YORK TIMES | The Joy (and Pain) of the Physical, at an In-Person Berlin Film Festival

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ARTDAILY.COM | ‘Alcarràs’ wins top prize at Berlin Film Festival

THE GUARDIAN | Women dominate Berlin film festival as Alcarràs wins Golden Bear

MUY WASO | Natalia López: from architecture in Bolivia to winning a Silver Bear in Berlin

ALMOMENTO | Natalia López Gallardo triumphs at the Berlinale with “Manto de Gemas”

ESPALHA FACTOS | Berlinale. Golden Bear delivered to the Spanish drama ‘Alcarràs’

LADYLIKE | Berlinale 2022: The Golden Bear (and not only) is female

DAILY FINLAND | ’Alcarras’ by Carla Simon wins Golden Bear at Berlin Festival

HURRIYET DAILY NEWS | Spanish agricultural drama ’Alcarras’ wins Berlin film fest

DEADLINE | Berlin Film Festival Awards: ‘Alcarràs’ Wins Golden Bear, Claire Denis Named best director

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | Berlin: ‘Alcarràs’ Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

VARIETY | 12 Biggest Takeaways From Berlin: From Technical Difficulties to a Defiantly Indie Lineup

VARIETY | Spanish Drama ‘Alcarràs’ Wins Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival

SCREEN DAILY | ‘Alcarràs’ wins Golden Bear at 2022 Berlinale

INDIE WIRE | Berlin Film Festival 2022 Awards: ‘Alcarràs’ Wins Golden Bear, Claire Denis, Hong Sang-soo Take Top Prizes

AP | Natalia Lopez Gallardo premieres her ‘Robe of Gems’ at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival

FORBES | ‘Alcarràs’ Wins Top Prize at Berlin Film Festival

FORBES | Berlinale 2022: Full List Of Winners For The Film Competition

BARRON’S | List of Winners at 72nd Berlin Film Festival

CINEMA TROPICAL | Mexican Film ROBE OF GEMS by Natalia López Gallardo Wins Berlinale’s Silver Bear Jury Prize

CINEUROPA | Carla Simón’s Alcarràs bags the Berlinale Golden Bear

DW | Berlinale 2022: Golden and Silver Bear winners

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG | Drama Robe of Gems wins Jury Prize

STERN | Drama <<Robe of Gems>> wins Jury Prize

WELT | Drama <<Robe of Gems>> wins Jury Prize

CINEMANIA | Carla Simón wins the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festical with ‘Alcarràs’

THE LOCAL | Catalan rural drama ‘Alcarràs’ wins Berlin film festival

AUSPUBLICHOLIDAYS | ‘Alcarràs’ Wins Top Prize at Berlin Film Festival

TERRA | Spanish film ‘Alcarràs’ wins the Golden Bear in Berlin

TELERAMA | Berlinale 2022: the Golden Bear for the Spaniard Carla Simón, the best achievement for Claire Denis

LE FIGARO | The Spaniard Carla Simón crowned by a Berlinale under the sign of women

PARIS MATCH | Berlin Film Festival 2022: the complete awards, the Golden Bear for Carla Simon

STOL.IT | Spanish drama Alcarràs wins the Golden Bear at the Berlinale

MUBI | Berlinale 2022. Awards

FILM STORIES | Berlin Film Festival: Carla Simón’s Alcarràs wins the Golden Bear

BRITISH CINEMETOGRAPHER | Berlinale: Alcarràs wins Golden Bear, Claire Denis named best director

EL SOL DE MEXICO | Mexican film Robe of Gems wins the Silver Bear at the Berlinale

LA OPCIÓN | Robe of Gems wins the silver bear at Berlinale

EL SIGLO COAHUILA | Mexican-Argentinian film wins the Silver Bear of the Berlinale Jury

EXCELSIOR | Mexican film ‘Robe of Gems’ wins Jury Prize at Berlinale

NYHEATER24 | Spanish ‘”Alcarràs” wins Golden Bear in Berlinale

LE TEMPS | The Spanish Carla Simón wins the Golden Bear for her film “Alcarràs”


IONCINEMA | Trojan Women: Lopez Crafts Collage of Complicity in Stellar Debut

THE FILM STAGE | Berlin Review: Robe of Gems is a Harrowing Tale of Three Women with a Poetic Sense of Connection

DEADLINE | Berlin Review: ‘Robe of Gems’

THE FILM VERDICT | Verdict: Editor Natalia López Gallardo’s first feature looks gorgeous but is so elliptical, it has more holes in than a sieve

CRITIC.DE | Robe of Gems – In the Berlinale fever

LIST23 | The film Review of the Robe of Gems ‘Berlin 2022

DIRTY MOVIES | The film Review of the Robe of Gems ‘Berlin 2022

WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD | Berlinale 2022 Women Directors: Meet Natalia López Gallardo – “Robe of Gems”

GOSSUP UOMINI DONNE | Berlinale 2022 Women Directors: Meet Natalia López Gallardo – “Robe of Gems”

THE UPCOMING YOUTUBE | Robe of Gems new clip “Opener Bar Scene” official from Berlin Film Festival 2022 – 1/2

THE UPCOMING YOUTUBE | Robe of Gems new clip “Opener Cow Scene” official from Berlin Film Festival 2022 – 2/2

REFLECTOR | Press Conference Coverage

SHUTTERSTOCK | Press Conference Coverage

ASSOCIATED PRESS | Press Conference Coverage

THE DAILY ADVANCE | Press Conference Coverage

SWISS INFO | The Berlinale focuses on women, victims or perpetrators of violence

DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR | Berlinale Competition: “Rimini” and “Robe of Gems”

SCREEN DAILY | ‘Robe Of Gems’: Berlin Review

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | ‘Robe of Gems’: Film Review | Berlin 2022 

RBB24 | Berlinale film review | “Robe of Gems”

OBVIOUSLY REVIEWS | Berlin 2022 ‘Robe of Gems’ Review: Unfocused, Yet Unique Cartel Drama

THE UPCOMING | Robe of Gems 

THE ALIKE | ‘Robe of Gems’: Film Review | Berlin 2022 (THR syndication)

GETTY IMAGES | “Robe of Gems” Photocall – 72nd Berlinale International Film Festival

EU EDITORIAL | Mexican Drug War – Competition Film “Robe of Gems”

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG | Berlinale starts: How well does the hygiene concept work?

T-ONLINE | Film suddenly interrupted – Berlinale starts with mishap premiere

ZEIT ONLINE | Mexican Drug War – Competition Film “Robe of Gems” (EU Editorial syndication)

BBV | Mexican Drug War – Competition Film “Robe of Gems” (EU Editorial syndication)

NORD BAYERN | Mexican Drug War – Competition Film “Robe of Gems” (EU Editorial syndication)

REPORT DOOR | Berlin Film Festival Competition Entry – Report Door

KNOWLEDIA | ‘Robe of Gems’ Trailer: Berlin Film Festival Competition Entry (Deadline syndication)

LIST23 | The first look at Natalia Lopez Gallardo’s Berlin Film Festival Competition entry in ‘Robe of Gems’ Trailer (Deadline syndication)

CHISME FARANDULA | ‘Robe Of Gems’ Trailer: First Look At Natalia López Gallardo’s Participation In The Berlin Film Festival Competition


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