Director: Maria Novaro
Section: Half Ticket
Country: Mexico | Year: 2017
Language(s): Spanish | Time: 95 mins
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: While the baby turtles have just hatched on the Pacific coastal village of Barra de Potosí in Mexico, the schoolchildren are talking about the whales they've seen locally. This tropical idyll already captivated the British privateer Sir Francis Drake who landed on its coast 400 years ago. Seven-year-old Dylan, who has just moved there with his family, believes he can find Drake's treasure. Close to the children, and utilising 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 lost pirate's treasure trove. An intimate glimpse into the lives of people living in this natural paradise.
María Novaro became well known with her second film, Danzón (1991), at the Cannes Film Festival. Her other notable features include El Jardín del Edén (1994); Leaving No Trace (2000), which won at the Sundance Film Festival; and The Good Herbs (2010). One of her first shorts, Una Isla Rodeada de Agua (1984), was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Tesoros (2017) is her first film for children and had its world premiere at the Berlinale.