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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #72. Natalia López’s Manto de Gemas

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #72. Natalia López’s Manto de Gemas

Manto de Gemas (Robe the Gems)

It’s always a noteworthy point of interest when an artist who excels in one film department crosses over into the directors’ chair. Apart from a 2006 Rotterdam selected short (En el cielo como en la tierra), this is Natalia López feature film debut after editing such noteworthy titles as 2007’s Silent Light, 2012’s Post Tenebras Lux, 2013’s Heli, 2014’s Jauja, and 2016’s The Darkness – plus she appeared alongside her hubby Carlos Reygadas in Nuestro tiempo. We didn’t really take notice of the project when it was making the film coin rounds circa 2018, but it was among the projects selected for Venice Gap-Financing in 2020. Produced by Joaquín del Paso and Fernanda de la Peza (we’ll find her much further up our ranking list), details and updates on Manto de Gemas (formerly titled Supernova) are unknown at this time – apart from actress Mia Maestro (to be seen in Francisca Alegria’s The Cow Who Sang A Song Into the Future later this month in Sundance) being listed there isn’t much to go on.

Gist: Years have passed since Isabel (Mia Maestro) felt the pleasure of living. This deep existential void is the cause for breaking up her marriage and abandoning her children in favor of having intense sexual encounters with strangers, which will lead her body to self-destruction. In this intimate journey, Isabel will have to confront who she really is to get her family back.

Release Date/Prediction: If this is indeed wrapped – the this could premiere at a major film festival. We’re thinking Berlinale.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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