Grand Illusion Cinema

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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 2020 Sundance Film Festival


Livestreamed Q&A with Director/Producer Fernanda Valadez and Producer Astrid Rondero

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Amenya Makuku

Monday, January 25 at 4 PM EST: https://nywift.123signup.com/event/registration/kqvbr


  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    94 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Country
    Mexico, Spain
  • Director
    Fernanda Valadez
  • Screenwriter
    Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero