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Directed by Fernanda Valadez

Year: 2020
Running Time: 94
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Country: Mexico, Spain
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
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Cast
Mercedes Hernández
David Illescas
Juan Jesús Varela
Ana Laura Rodríguez
Laura Elena Ibarra
Xicoténcatl Ulloa

Crew
Directed by Fernanda Valadez
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 World Cinema Dramatic Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. – New Directors/New Films

Reviews

“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.”



Awards

  • Winner: Audience Award, World Dramatic – Sundance Film Festival

  • Winner: Best Screenplay, World Dramatic – Sundance Film Festival

PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
New Directors/New Films New York 1585713600April 1 - April 2, 2020
Sundance Film Festival Park City 1579755600January 23 - February 2, 2020


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