Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares)

by Fernanda Valadez



Magdalena, a mother in search of her missing son, meets Miguel, recently deported from the US and looking for his mother. Together, they make their way through the desolate and unforgiving militia-ridden landscapes south of the border.


Magdalena sets out on a journey in search of her son, who disappeared en route to the US border. Travelling through the desolate towns and landscapes of today’s Mexico she meets Miguel, a young man recently deported from the United States who is making his way home. The two accompany one another: Magdalena looking for her son, and Miguel eager to see his mother again in a territory where victims and aggressors ramble together.


Mexico/Spain – 2020 – 2K – 97 mins – 2.35:1 – 5.1 – Spanish

Directed by

Fernanda Valadez

Produced by

Corpulenta Producciones & Avanti Pictures

Written by

Fernanda Valadez & Astrid Rondero


Mercedes Hernández – Magdalena

David Illescas – Miguel

Juan Jesús Varela – Jesús

Ana Laura Rodríguez – Olivia

Laura Elena Ibarra – Chuya

Xicoténcatl Ulloa – Pedro


Cinematographer  Claudia Becerril

Art director  Dalia Reyes

Editing  Fernanda Valadez, Astrid Rondero, Susan Korda

Sound recordist  Misael Hernández

Sound Design  Omar Juárez

Original music  Clarice Jensen


Sundance Film Festival – Winner (Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic) (Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay)

FICCI – Fictions from There Official Selection



Fernanda Valadez is a graduate of Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC). Her first short film ,“De este mundo”, received the best short film award at the Guanajuato Film Festival.

Her graduation short film, “400 bags” was selected for the Editing Studio of the Berlinale Talents and received different awards around the world.

Fernanda is a founding partner of the production companies ENAGUAS CINE and CORPULENTA with which she has produced the films “Plastic” (by Ricardo Soto, 2015, developed in Locarno’s filmmakers Academy) and “The darkest days of us” (by Astrid Rondero, 2017, supported by Tribeca’s Latin America Fund and Berlinale Talents Script Station, Nominated as best first feature and best actress by the Mexican Academy of Cinematic Arts 2019).

She is also the producer of the documentary “Dear Ana”, currently in post production, by renowned director Alejandra Sánchez.