Identifying Features

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  97mn  2.35:1  5.1  Spanish & Zapoteco  1st Feature Film

Original title: Sin Señas Particulares

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 of Audience Award & 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

San Sebastian Film Festival – Horizontes Latinos Award, Spanish Cooperation Award

Tokyo Film Festival – World Focus

Zurich Film Festival – Golden Eye Award for Best Film

Morelia – Audience award, Best Actress Award & Best Film

Thessaloniki – Golden Alexander for Best Film

Stockholm – Best Debut and Best Director Award

Torino – Special Jury Prize & Best Actress Award

Films From The South Norway – New Voices Award

Laceno d’Oro Italy – Audience Award


Bergen Cine Latino – Official Selection

Cyprus Film Days – Special Jury Award

Diaspora Film Festival (South Korea) -Official Selection

Darwin Film Festival – Official Selection

Panoramica Film Festival – Official Selection

Casa Film Festival – Official Selection

Imagenes del Sur Festival – Official Selection

Tirana Film Festival – Best Film Award

Havana Film Festival – Best Debut Film

Press Quotes

“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

“We should be seeing a lot more from Valadez for years to come” – Bendrea July, THR


  • “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.

Fernanda Valadez. Director and producer, Guanajuato, Mexico, 1981.

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. It was considered the best Mexican short of the year by the Mexican Chamber of Film Industry.

Her graduation short film, “400 bags”, was selected for the Editing Studio of the Berlinale Talents and received different awards around the world. It was also nominated as Best Short by the Mexican Academy of Cinematic Arts (Ariel) in 2015 and was a finalist of the Student Academy Awards in that same year. The script of her first feature “Sin señas particulares” was written with the grant Young Artists of the Mexican Fund for the Arts (FONCA). The project later received funds from FOPROCINE (Mexican Fund for the Production of Quality Cinema) and recently post production funds from EFICINE. The film received the work in progress award of the San Sebastián Film Festival.