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Manto de gemas, winner of a Silver Bear, arrives at the Sala Leopoldo Lugones

The movie gem cloak, an Argentine-Mexican co-production that won the Silver Bear (Jury Prize) at the last Berlin International Film Festival, will have its long-awaited premiere in Buenos Aires. Opera prima by the Bolivian-Mexican director Natalia López Gallardo, will have seven unique functions in the Leopoldo Lugones Hall of the San Martín Theater, from Thursday, July 7 to Friday, July 15.

The film had its world premiere at the 72nd edition of Berlin, held last February. In addition to being a director, López Gallardo has an extensive career as an actress and editor, and she has edited films by directors of the stature of Lisandro Alonso, Carlos Reyes and Amat Escalante.

A drama about violence in Mexico

The plot of this drama about entrenched violence in Mexico focuses on several women. In the midst of a brutal and silent divorce, an upper-class woman named Isabel takes refuge with her two children in her family’s house on the outskirts of the city.

The film deals with entrenched violence in Mexico, and focuses on several women.  Photos Press

The film deals with entrenched violence in Mexico, and focuses on several women. Photos Press

As soon as they arrive, they discover that María’s sister, the house helper, has disappeared, forcing María to get involved in dirty business with Adan, Roberta’s son, a local police officer. Torn by the need to help, Isabel joins Maria on a desperate quest and into a hostile world that is not her own. Roberta is the police who remains in charge of the investigation.

And while looking for clues to find the whereabouts of the missing woman, she tries to keep her son away from the cartels that recruit him. As time runs out, the three women embark on a path of pain and transformation.

Lopez Gallardo’s vision

López Gallardo wrote, directed and edited gem cloak. After winning the Silver Bear, the filmmaker reflected on what she wanted to show, emphasizing the need to look and think of others and create a sense of community.

Roberta, the policewoman who, in turn, tries to keep her son away from the cartels that recruit him.

Roberta, the policewoman who, in turn, tries to keep her son away from the cartels that recruit him.

“I think that without looking out for others, without looking out for the group (…) it is difficult to grow,” he said after receiving the award, referring to his story, which portrays a community without a future and without a common project.

The La Paz-born filmmaker added that what she admires about Germany is the “community sense of construction,” something that, she laments, is lacking in today’s Mexico. And she dedicated the award to the people of the Mexican state of Morelos, for her generosity and for sharing with her the visions of her life.

She has been living in Mexico for more than twenty years, the last 13 she lived in Morelos. And she said that for her film she was inspired by life stories from that Mexican state. “I have witnessed the progressive collapse of the social fabric,” she explained.

The director, born in Bolivia, is based in Mexico and lives in Morelos.

The director, born in Bolivia, is based in Mexico and lives in Morelos.

“I have two children and I imagine, half dreaming, through the fog, the daily life of parents with murdered or disappeared children, which is enough to bring me the darkest of sadness,” he reflected. At Berlinale, López Gallardo he thanked the jury’s decision for his love “for the particularity of cinema and the idiosyncrasies of cinema as an experience.”

The award was seen as yet another sign of the international attention that Mexican filmmakers have begun to receive in an industry that for years has been recognizing great Aztec directors such as William Del ToroAlejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón.

what the critics said

Starring Nailea Norvind, Antonia Olivares and Aida Roa, gem cloak It garnered very good reviews internationally.

“It is a disturbing, disturbing work, a panel of psychopathological evocations in which guilt, horror and shame poison the environment. Exactly what is going on is something that must be inferred through indirect clues and fuzzy indications; these facts are never definitively revealed,” he wrote. Guardian.

"Gem Mantle" is a drama that moved the Berlinale in February this year.

“Gem Mantle” is a drama that moved the Berlinale in February this year.

“But that darkness is not a flaw of a first-time filmmaker. There is a fierceness and seriousness in the way the filmmaker tackles the buried and denied crimes of the state of Mexico and the Mexican ruling classes. The film acquires the dimensions of a tragedy”, added the critic of that British medium, Peter Bradshaw.

“The beauty of photography gem cloak it is based more on a contemplative crudeness, whose few concessions are impressive for their plastic expressiveness, either through the chaotic camera in hand in the absence of artificial light, or in a more aesthetic composition, with a dreamlike element, practically Lynchian”, judged the magazine specialized mexican EAM Cinema.

“This is a superb debut. Huge in both its narrative and thematic ambition, and mature in its technical construction. The exquisiteness of its ensemble can only come from the excellence of its director, who demonstrates a solid command of cinematographic language”, added critic Luis Enrique Forero Varela.

The only 7 unique functions of gem cloak in the Leopoldo Lugones Hall of the San Martín Theater they will be: Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Sunday 10, at 9:00 p.m. And Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 and Friday 15, at 6:00 p.m.

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