The Ángela Peralta Theater’s Red Carpet dressed up with balloons to receive those who will soon be the future of Mexican Cinema: the children. They were already lining up at 10:30 in the morning next to the Red Carpet along with their families, ready to experience the walk on the Red Carpet and receive a movie. The event began with a few words of welcome from Sarah Hoch and as they walked by Red Carpet, the children posed in front of the GIFF sign for pictures in their finest attire (which for one girl meant dressing up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast and for another girl dressing up as Elsa from Frozen) and wave high to the press. As soon as they walked in, Eli Roth-Hoch (Sarah’s grandson) took the stage to introduce the film and receive it by yelling out our festival’s catchphrase: “More Cinema Please”.
The film screened was María Novaro’s semi-documentary film Tesoros, a film that takes us to a town called Barra de Potosí in the State of Guerrero, where siblings Andrea and Dylan, whom everyone calls “los güeros” (for being caucasian and European-looking, due to a British father) arrive. It’s through them that we meet several children from the region (including Jacinta, daughter of marine biologists and our narrator) and through some animated sequences we learn of pirate Francis Drake, who sought treasure all over the American content and fell so deeply in love with the coasts of Guerrero that he probably left some treasure there. So these children, armed with maps they find on the Internet, look for an “X” that will mark where treasure may be found. It’s one of those films in which the plot is put on the backburner in favor of the atmosphere that the locations create and the natural interactions among these children.
The film will screen again in Guanajuato City at Cinemex Plaza Pozuelos on Wednesday July 26 at 12:00 hrs.