Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:00
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 11:45
VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
$10 adult; $7 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
María Novaro

In Spanish with English subtitles*


Over 400 years ago British privateer Sir Francis Drake led expeditions through much of the Americas. Eventually, he landed in Barra de Potosí, off the Pacific coast of Mexico, where today two environmental scientists are living and doing research with their children. Six-year-old Dylan is enjoying this tropical getaway, whereas his older sister Andrea misses her home. In a small beach-side classroom, Jacinta and the other students welcome the siblings to join fun, hands-on lessons about baby sea turtles, crabs, birds, whales, and other fauna and flora indigenous to the environment.

Dylan’s ipad pirate game inspires the kids to investigate local maps, which suggest old world treasure may still be hidden nearby. Andrea shares some geographical context with the group by detailing the ambitions of early explorers in the region. Fueled by what they learn, and their vivid imaginations, the friends set out on an enchanting voyage searching for pirate loot. What they discover is something far more precious than jewels and coins. Blending documentary techniques with animated historical facts and cinematic realism, Tesoros invites us to explore the wonder of this natural paradise through the eyes of curious children. One of Mexico’s most famed directors, María Novaro has crafted a patiently paced, marvelous gem of a film for young audiences, their parents, and their grandparents.

Recommended for ages 8+

Themes: nature, history, teamwork, environmental protection

Content Advisory: A dreaming child has a vision of a pirate watching him in his sleep which may frighten very sensitive children.

Classification: G

Note: This film screens as part of our  program for grades 4-7.

*Are you new to subtitled films? Don't worry! A limited number of VocalEye headsets are available for those who would prefer to have subtitles read aloud by an experienced reader. Please inquire to reserve headsets for your class at the time of booking.


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María Novaro (Mexico City, 1950)  became well known with her second feature Danzon (1991) at the Cannes Film Festival. Lola was her first feature (1989, OCIC Award, Berlin). She’s regarded as one of Mexico’s most celebrated directors and has won numerous awards from festivals such as Sundance, Rome, and Guadalajara. Tesoros is her first film for children and was selected to premiere at the prestigious Berlinale Generation. She has written all of her films, and edited and produced some of them. Novaro has also received several fellowships: Guggenheim (2005), Gateways (2003) Rockefeller-MacArthur (1992-93), and SNCA/México; retrospectives in Madrid (2010), Kerala, India (2010) and Monterrey (2009). She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (USA), the Academia de Cine (Spain), and AMACC (Mexico). María Novaro has three children (Mara, Santiago and Lucero) and three grandchildren (Andrea, Dylan and Jacinta -- these are also the names of the main characters in Tesoros).



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