The Teacher Who Promised The Sea

The Teacher Who Promised The Sea

The Teacher Who Promised The Sea

El Maestro que Prometió el Mar

Inspired by extraordinary true events, Patricia Font’s superb new drama follows a charismatic teacher whose progressive outlook transforms the lives of a group of young students on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, but places him in the crossfire of local authorities.

1935. Idealistic Catalonian educator Antoni Benaiges (a stellar Enric Auquer, Too Many Chefs) is appointed as the new schoolmaster of a small, isolated village in the province of Burgos. With an innovative approach, he soon wins over his reluctant pupils, a group between the ages of six and twelve who are used to being taught by the strict local priest. Inspiring his young charges to hope and to broaden their horizons, Antoni even promises to show them the ocean for the first time…

Meanwhile, 75 years later, Ariadna (Laia Costa, Lullaby, Victoria) is attempting to uncover what happened to her great grandfather - a man who disappeared during the war - leading her to discover the emotional story behind Antoni’s promise.

A major sleeper hit at the Spanish box office in early 2024, Font’s film is an eloquent and deeply moving tale of the power of education and the importance of never letting the lessons of history be forgotten.


"★★★★★ A gem. An unmissable film revolving around memory, both the loss of it and the importance of maintaining it, that shows that learning is the only way that children can conquer their future" - Australian Book Review

"★★★★ A joy. Wonderfully done. A film full of beautiful moments that puts the history smack bang in our faces and asks us not to look away." - The Australian

"This film is a thing of beauty" - El Diario

WINNER
2024 GAUDI AWARDS – Audience Prize

NOMINEE (x5)
2024 SPANISH ACADEMY (GOYA) AWARDS - incl. Best Actor, Supporting Actress & Adapted Screenplay

Rating: M
Runtime: 105 mins
Director: Patricia Font
Actors: Luisa Gavasa, Laia Costa, Ramon Agirre, Enric Auquer, Milo Taboada, Nicolas Calvo, Alba Hermoso, Gael Aparicio

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