Directed by Fernanda Valadez
Juan Jesús Varela
Ana Laura Rodríguez
Laura Elena Ibarra
Writers Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero
Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to him—and to know whether or not he’s even alive—she embarks on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (David Illescas) has returned to Mexico after being deported from the U.S., and eventually his path converges with Magdalena’s. From this simple but urgent premise, director Fernanda Valadez has crafted a lyrical, suspenseful slow burn, equally constructed of moments of beauty and horror, and which leads to a startling, shattering conclusion. Winner of the Gotham Award for Best International Film and the Audience Award and Best Screenplay prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
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"A stunning Mexican border drama."
“Combines stunning cinematography, evocative sound design and hints of magical realism to create a visionary work of devastating power."
“On every level, this is impressively accomplished cinema.”
“Speaks volumes of the boundaries of the human heart and of the undeniable qualities of this director, who should be watched with interest.”
“A confident, accomplished and distinctive feature directorial debut.”
Winner: Best International Film – Gotham Awards
Winner: Audience Award, World Dramatic – Sundance Film Festival
Winner: Best Screenplay, World Dramatic – Sundance Film Festival
- Winner: Best Film, Audience Award, Best Actress – Morelia International Film Festival
Winner: Golden Eye – Zurich Film Festival
- Winner: Golden Alexander, Thessaloniki Film Festival
- Winner: Best Director, Best First Film – Stockholm Film Festival
- Winner: Latin Horizon Award – San Sebastian Film Festival
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