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Playing with a Feature: EL TESORO is playing with HOPE, SOLEDAD,

Date Location Time Tickets
Saturday, June 3, 2023 TCL Chinese Theaters Auditorium 3 2:30 PM PDT BUY TICKETS

World Premiere

El Tesoro

Directed by David Rodríguez Estrada

Mexico, USA | 21 min | 2023

Choosing to take an unexpected mission, Clemencia, a grieving but determined mother, poses as a clairvoyant to help a stranger discover a mysterious buried treasure in the gardens of a house belonging to a corrupt Mexican politician.

Clemencia, played by Academy Award-nominated Mexican actress Adriana Barraza (Babel, 2006), is not your typical hero: a humble Christian evangelist woman whose terminally ill son makes his death bed confession to her of the many murders he committed, and shares a notebook with the names of all those he buried in clandestine graves.

Upon his passing, her mission is clear: She must bring solace to the families of the missing ones by finding their remains. But how will she accomplish this mission that raises so many questions? Clemencia will lead these families on a journey, under the false pretense that she knows where a valuable treasure is buried.
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David Rodríguez Estrada is a Mexican-American writer/director based in Los Angeles. Raised in Durango, Mexico, at age 18 he enrolled in the Art Institute of California (Los Angeles) where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Film. He’s directed multiple award winning short films including his film "¿Existes?" which premiered at the Palm Springs Shorts Fest and "Suripanta", nominated for an Imagen Award. He’s a proud representative of a new generation of Queer Latine storytellers. "El Tesoro", starring Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza and produced by Mexican director Patricia Riggen and Edward Enríquez-Cohen, is David's latest film.
Film Title in English The Treasure
Type of Film Short
Country of Origin Mexico, USA
Year Film Was Completed 2023
Runtime 21 min
Social media Handles @eltesorofilm
Director David Rodríguez Estrada
Written by David Rodríguez Estrada
Cinematography Gerardo Guerra
Edited by David Rodríguez Estrada
Music by Álvaro Arce
Sound Design Odín Acosta
Art Direction Carola Gutiérrez
Main Cast Adriana Barraza, Roberto Sosa, Mónica Huarte