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 – 1:2.35 – 5.1 – Spanish, Zapoteco – First feature
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 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
GOTHAM AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Cyprus Film Days – Special Jury Award
“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.