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, Zapoteco

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

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

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


“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.