Identifying Features

Director: Fernanda Valadez Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2020 Language: Spanish

Starring: David Illescas, Juan Jesús Varela, Mercedes Hernández

Middle-aged Magdalena (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 (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. – Kino Lorber Films

“An austere, gorgeously shot parable of chaos and loss in modern Mexico, “Identifying Features” is an assured directorial debut.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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