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IDENTIFYING FEATURES

BY FERNANDA VALADES
Mexico / Spain

CASA CINEMA

September 15 at 18.30 h
Duration: 1h 35 min

Venue: Curzon Hoxton

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Magdalena hasn’t heard from her teenage son, Jésus, in months—not since he left their town to cross the border into the United States. The authorities want her to sign his death certificate, but Magdalena cannot rest without knowing his fate. She begins an odyssey across Mexico, chasing any available lead despite being warned to keep quiet. Along the way, she meets and travels with recently deported Miguel, who finds himself journeying home through a changed country.

Debut writer and director Fernanda Valadez employs a remarkable economy of film language as we traverse across a varied, contemporary Mexican landscape. The film punctuates its contemplation of family and loss with fleeting moments of human connection, allowing one woman’s aching personal story to encapsulate the weight of a tremendous real-world humanitarian crisis. Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance 2020.

Director: Fernanda Valadez


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