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Identifying Features tells the story of Magdalena, a mother who embarks on a journey in search of her son who disappeared en route to the US border. Traveling through the foreboding towns and landscapes of northern Mexico, she mets Miguel, a young man recently deported from the United States who is making his way home. The accompany one another: Magdalena looking for her son, and Miguel eager to see his mother again in a territory where victims and aggressors ramble together. The poignant drama, set in the current Mexican humanitarian crisis, spotlights the country's failed war against the drug cartels, disappearances of migrants bound for the U.S. and the dangerous odyssey of those looking for missing family members.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    94 min
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Country
    Mexico, Spain
  • Premiere
    Sundance Film Festival 2020 - Winner for Word Cinema Dramatic Competition
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Fernanda Valadez
  • Screenwriter
    Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez
  • Producer
    Fernanda Valadez, Astrid Rondero
  • Cast
    Mercedes Hernández, David Illescas, Juan Jesús Varela, Ana Laura Rodríguez
  • Cinematographer
    Claudia Becerril
  • Editor
    Susan Korda
  • Production Design
    Dalia Reyes
  • Composer
    Clarice Jensen
  • Sound Design
    Omar Juárez, Misael Hernández