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Robe of Gems Unclassified 18+

Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Crime , Drama

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Winner of the Berlinale’s Silver Bear Jury Prize, this haunting exploration of the murky complexities of the Mexican drug trade announces a daring new directorial talent.

Wealthy Isabel’s marriage is falling apart. She moves with her children into the family’s country estate, where the housekeeper, María, grapples with the sudden disappearance of her sister – a source of pain for her, but not an uncommon occurrence in Mexico, where kidnappings and murders happen daily. Complicating this web of relationships, María make ends meet by also working for a local cartel run by Adán, the son of the police officer investigating her sister’s case. All the while, well-meaning but naive Isabel becomes consumed with finding answers – to perilous ends.

In her transfixing directorial debut, Natalia López Gallardo – renowned for her work as editor for such names as Carlos Reygadas, Amat Escalante and Lisandro Alonso (Jauja, MIFF 2014) – constructs a world where hope is a rare fuel, and where agency and status dissolve in the chokehold of corruption. With exquisite visuals and an elliptical but gripping plot, Robe of Gems will shock with its silence and subtlety, taking the pervasive trauma of the Mexican drug trade and rendering it even more troubling.

“Dazzlingly accomplished … A disturbing and unsettling piece of work, a psycho-pathological moodboard of a film, in which guilt, horror and shame poison the atmosphere.” – The Guardian


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Director Natalia López Gallardo will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A following all screenings.

Tickets

Sat 13 Aug 12:30 pm [26461]
Robe of Gems (96 mins)
IMAX Melbourne
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessSubtitles
Past event
Sun 14 Aug 6:15 pm [11541]
Robe of Gems (118 mins)
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessSubtitles
Past event
Thu 18 Aug 8:30 pm [14751]
Robe of Gems (118 mins)
ACMI 2
Assisted ListeningAuslan InterpretedWheelchair AccessSubtitlesOpen Caption icon
Fri 19 Aug 8:45 pm [25801]
Robe of Gems (118 mins)
Sun Theatre Yarraville
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessSubtitles

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Key Cast
Aida Roa, Antonia Olivares, Daniel García, Francisco Berdiales, Nailea Norvind, Reina Carmona, Yaretzi Cazares
Director
Natalia López Gallardo
Producers
Fernanda de la Peza, Joaquin del Paso, Natalia López Gallardo
Screenwriter
Natalia López Gallardo
Cinematographers
Adrian Durazo, Adrián Durazo
Composer
Santiago Pedroncini
Editors
Miguel Schverdfinger, Natalia López Gallardo, Omar Guzman
Costume Designer
Mary Ann Smith
Production Designer
Angela Leyton
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Company Credit
Distributor: Madman Entertainment

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