JUNE 08, 2018. 7:00 PM. 


Instituto Cervantes New York

211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

(212) 308-7720


DIRECTOR: María Novaro

PRODUCERS: María Novaro, Pamela Guinea 

CAST:  Jacinta Chávez (Jacinta), Dylan Sutton Chávez (Dylan), Andrea Sutton Chávez (Andrea), Lucas Barroso Tillinger (Lucas), Michelle Organiz (Michel), Aranza Bañuelos (Aranza), Julio César Reyes (Julio), Matilde Hernández (Mati), Julieta Bárcenas (Julieta), and Jazmin Bárcenas (Jazmin). 

Date completed: 2017

Country: México 

Film Category: Fiction

Length of Film: 80 min


‘I know what you're thinking: ‘Don't tell me your school is on the beach.’ Well, it is. Our school is by the sea, on the beach.’


Sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, palm groves and mangrove forests on the Pacific coastal village of Barra de Potosí in Mexico. The schoolchildren are talking about the whales they've seen locally. Seven-year-old Dylan, who has just moved there with his family, believes he can find Sir Francis Drake's treasure. Close to the children, and utilizing documental imagery the film joins him and his new friends on an enchanting voyage of discovery that ends with a find far more precious than a pirate's lost treasure trove. An intimate glimpse into the lives of people living in this natural paradise.


María Novaro

Born in Mexico City in 1951, she studied film at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her debut feature film Lola screened at the Berlinale in 1991. Her second feature Danzón premiered at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes and brought her international recognition. She has written the screenplays for all her films, three of them in collaboration with her sister. Since 2006 she has also produced her films. She claims that her three children Mara, Santiago and Lucero and her three grandchildren Andrea, Dylan and Jacinta are the most important part of her biography.


Filmography (selection)

1990 Lola, 1991 Danzón, 1994 El jardín del Edén, 2000 Sin dejar huella, 2010 Las buenas hierbas, 2017 Tesoros.

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