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, Zapoteco
Corpulenta Producciones & Avanti Pictures
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
CineLatino Rencontres Toulouse – Official Selection
Vilnius Film Festival – Official Selection
Mooov Film Festival – Youth Award
Taipei Film Festival – Official Selection
Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Official Selection
PyeongChang International Peace Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize
“Stunning” by Robert Koehler, Cinema Scope
“A confident, accomplished and distinctive feature directorial debut.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety
“A visionary work of devastating power.” – Anjana Janardhan, Sight & Sound
“A vivid, sun-scorched portrait of a country in crisis.” – Alex Saleviev, Film Threat
“On every level, this is impressively accomplished cinema.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
“De este mundo” (Short film) received the best short film award at the Guanajuato Film Festival.
“400 bags” (Graduation film) was selected for the Editing Studio of the Berlinale Talents and received different awards around the world.