Viva Cinema: Tesoros

Texas Spirit Theater | TV-G | 95 min. | Family

November 2, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the film Tesoros (Treasures).

Siblings Dylan and Andrea set off with their new friends on a marvelous journey of discovery in search of long lost pirate loot.

Event Details

Known as the most successful woman director of Mexican cinema, María Novaro's film Tesoros follows the story of a band of kids that live in a fishing community on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, and their adventure to find a treasure that the pirate Francis Drake hid in the region four centuries ago. This is a story about more than a treasure chest; it is one that leads us to a world of optimism, solidarity and imagination. 

Viva Cinema celebrates the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Cine Las Americas that feature the rich tradition of Spanish-language movie-making. Films in the Viva Cinema Series are presented in Spanish with English subtitles. This evening's program includes a film screening and Q&A with guest moderator, Cine Las Americas Festival Director, Jean Anne Lauer and Tesoros producer, Pamela Guindea. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors.

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Film Credits

Rating: TV-G
Writer: María Novaro
Director: María Novaro
Runtime: 95 min.
Genre: Family
Release year: 2017

About the Film

Tesoros was filmed in Barra de Potosí, Guerrero, Mexico. It was nominated for a Crystal Bear award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. 

Director's note:

With Tesoros, I wanted to speak to the children of our beautiful country, deeply wounded, torn by violence, corruption and impunity. With a social inequality and a lacerating poverty that grows because of decades-old policies based on dispossession. That they know, because they live it, but I also wanted to tell you that Mexico has enormous wealth in its biodiversity and in its people. Inhabited by wise communities that know how to coexist with nature because they know part of it with which we share a common cultural trait that excites me deeply; an irrevocable will to be happy.  Live life with joy, without forgetting that another world is possible.

About the Filmmaker

María Novaro became widely known with the film Danzón (1991) at the Cannes Film Festival. At the end of the ‘70s, she began filming documentaries in 16mm with the Colectivo Cine Mujer. After studying film at the CUEC/UNAM from 1980 to 85, she studied acting and script direction at Sundance and was an EICTV scholar in Cuba. She is a member of the SNCA in Mexico, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (USA), the film academies of Spain and AMACC Mexico. Novaro has three 3 children, 3 grandchildren and she always includes them in her curriculum.

About the Guest Speaker and Moderator

Guest Speaker

Pamela Guindea was born in Guatemala and grew up in Mexico. In 2007 she co-founded the production company Melindrosa Films which would produce Gasolina (2008), Marimbas from Hell (2010), Dust (2012), and Even the Sun Has Spots (2012) all of which would premiere and receive prestigious awards in festivals like Locarno, Toronto, San Sebastian, and FID Marseille just to name a few. She has been a production manager and associate producer in films like Lessons for a War by Juan Manuel Sepulveda and Distancia by Sergio Ramirez. She did casting and line production for one of Mexico’s most prized films The Golden Dream of Diego Quemada-Díez. 

She is the producer of Tesoros by María Novaro (México, 2017) which premiered in the 67th Berlinale. She is amongst the “10 producers to watch” that Mexico announced in the European Film Market of the Berlinale. From her production company in Mexico, Cine Murciélago, she has recently been awarded the Ibermedia Co Production grant, for Roza in co-production with Cine Concepcion from Guatemala, and the Foprocine grant (Mexico) for Insular, in co-production with Paraguay. Pamela is co-producer of Uspantan, a Belgium, French, and Guatemalan co-production, currently in post production. Currently she is the president of the Guatemalan Film Association (Agacine).


Jean Anne Lauer has promoted the development and exhibition of Latinx, Iberoamerican, and Indigenous film and media since 2004. She first discovered her passion for the field when working with the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico, 2004 through 2013). Since then, Jean has also worked with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (Austin, TX, 2008 to present), and with Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 2013 to present). Currently, she is Festival Director of Cine Las Americas; Program Manager and Shorts Film Programmer at Fantastic Fest; and a Professor, Adjunct, at Austin Community College in Humanities and Radio-Television-Film. Along with building a professional résumé and working with filmmakers in the US and abroad, Jean holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (Radio-Television-Film) with a focus on the Mexican Film Industry.

About Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Specializing in Latinx and Indigenous film and video, Cine Las Americas promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will celebrate its 22nd edition in May of 2019, and the organization also hosts film screenings regularly throughout the year. More info:

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