Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares)

  • Say You Will Say You Will


Home Viewing Fri, Oct 16
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Sin señas particulares
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Cine Latino
Women in Film
Bright New Voices
Cinema with a Conscience
Human Rights
Family Drama
Women Directors
Road Movie
Release Year:2020
Runtime:97 min
Festivals & Awards:Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Award
Best Screenplay + Audience Award
World Cinema Dramatic
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Kino Lorber
Director:Fernanda Valadez
Producer:Astrid Rondero
Fernanda Valadez
Jack Zagha
Yossy Zagha
Cinematographer:Claudia Becerril
Screenwriter:Fernanda Valadez
Astrid Rondero
Editor:Fernanda Valadez
Astrid Rondero
Susan Korda
Composer:Clarice Jensen
Principal Cast:Mercedes Hernández
David Illescas
Juan Jesús Varela
Ana Laura Rodríguez
Laura Elena Ibarra
Xicoténcatl Ulloa


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Screening with the short film Say You Will.

About Identifying Features

Magdalena’s son, Jesús, left Guanajuato with a friend to cross the border into the United States, and then vanished. A last phone call revealed that Jesús was about to board a bus into America, and then… silence for months. And then local police arrive, with evidence taken from photographs, but no body. When another grieving mother tells Magdalena that photos are not proof, and all they have is a bag found among dead bodies, Jesús’s mother embarks on a journey to find hard evidence. Thus, she begins a trek through Mexico, into the worst areas plagued by violence and despair, following instinct and clues and being warned in town after town to let the matter drop. At once devastating and visually breathtaking, this debut feature by writer/director Fernanda Valadez was a Sundance favorite, and will not soon be forgotten.

El hijo de Magdalena, Jesús, salió de Guanajuato con un amigo para cruzar la frontera hacia los Estados Unidos y luego desapareció. Una última llamada telefónica reveló que Jesús estaba a punto de abordar un autobús, luego… silencio durante meses. Un día llega la policía local, con evidencia tomada de fotografías, pero sin haber hallado el cuerpo. Cuando otra madre en duelo le dice a Magdalena que las fotos no son una prueba, y lo único que tienen es una bolsa encontrada entre los cadáveres, la madre de Jesús emprende un viaje para encontrar pruebas contundentes. Por lo tanto, comienza una caminata por México, hacia las peores áreas plagadas de violencia y desesperación, siguiendo el instinto y las pistas que va encontrando y siendo advertida en cada pueblo de dejar todo el asunto. A la vez devastadora y visualmente impresionante, esta ópera prima de la guionista y directora Fernanda Valadez fue este año una de las favoritas del Festival de Sundance.

Director Biography

Fernanda Valadez

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. The script of her first feature Identifying Features 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.

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