‘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.
by María Novaro
with Jacinta Chávez, Dylan Sutton Chávez, Andrea Sutton Chávez, Lucas Barroso Tillinger, Michelle Organiz, Aranza Bañuelos, Julio César Reyes, Matilde Hernández, Julieta Bárcenas, Jazmin Bárcenas
Mexico 2017 Spanish 95’ Colour empfohlen ab 7 Jahren


  • 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)
  • Jazmin Bárcenas (Jazmin)


Written and Directed by María Novaro
Cinematography Gerardo Barroso, Lisa Tilliger
Editing María Novaro
Music Ampersan
Sound Design Valeria Mancheva, Nerio Barberis
Sound Axel Muñoz
Production Design Alettia Molina
Assistant Director Lucero Sánchez Novaro
Producers María Novaro, Pamela Guinea

World sales

FiGa Films

Produced by

Cine Ermitaño

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

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017