Identifying Features
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    Identifying Features

    Sin Señas Particulares

    Directed by

    Mexico, Spain


    95 min


    Scope Expanded - Staff Picks

    Magdalena sets out on a journey in search of her son, who disappeared en route to the US border. Travelling through the desolate towns and landscapes of today’s Mexico she meets Miguel, a young man recently deported from the United States who is making his way home. The two 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


    • Special Jury Prize - Torino Film Festival
    • Best Actress - Mercedes Hernandez - Torino Film Festival
    • Best International Feature - IFP Gotham
    • Audience Award (World Cinema Dramatic) - Sundance FF
    • Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay (World Cinema Dramatic) - Sundance FF
    • Best Film Award (Latin Horizon) - San Sebastian IFF
    • Best Spanish Cooperation Award for Fernanda Valadez (Latin Horizon) - San Sebastian IFF
    • Audience Award (Mexican Features Competition) - Morelia IFF
    • Ojito for Best Actress: Mercedes Hernández (Mexican Features Competition) - Morelia IFF
    • Ojo Award (Mexican Features Competition) - Morelia IFF
    • Golden Alexander for Best Feature Film - Thessaloniki FF
    • Youth Award - Mooov FF
    • Best Director Award - Tarkovksy FF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Mercedes Hernández
    David Illescas
    Juan Jesús Varela
    Ana Laura Rodríguez
    Laura Elena Ibarra
    Xicoténcatl Ulloa
    Fernanda Valadez
    Claudia Becerril
    Fernanda Valadez
    Astrid Rondero
    Susan Korda
    Clarice Jensen


    Powerful. The film gives an intimacy and a human face to an ongoing tragedy which has reached almost epidemic levels in Mexico.

    Screen Daily

    A seemingly simple though beautiful portrait of a woman of the people and a mother, of whom the slightest facial movements are followed closely by the camera.


    Hernández absolutely thrives in her first leading acting role in Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares). She commands Magdalena’s determination, fear and inquisitiveness.

    Slug Magazine

    Atmosphere is as substantively developed through the excellent sound design as it is through Claudia Becerril Bules’s wonderfully disorienting and apocalyptic visuals.

    Salt Lake Magazine

    It’s a spare, refreshing take on a deeply disturbing situation.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A visionary work of devastating power IDENTIFYING FEATURES among the 10 of the best from Sundance 2020.


    Fernanda Valadez

    Fernanda Valadez


    I think that as filmmakers we have the obligation, the right and the privilege to talk about what’s happening in our times.

    Fernanda Valadez is a graduate of Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City. Her first short film, DE ESTE MUNDO (2010), received the Best Short Film award at the Guanajuato FF. It was considered the best Mexican short of the year by the Mexican Chamber of Film Industry. Her graduation short film, 400 BAGS (2014) was selected for the Editing Studio of the Berlinale Talents and received different awards around the world. It was also nominated as Best Short by the Mexican Academy of Cinematic Arts in 2015 and was a finalist of the Student Academy Awards in that same year. She produced Astrid Rondero's THE DARKEST DAYS OF US (2017), a film supported by Tribeca Film Institute, Berlinale Talents, and Women in Film, which was nominated for two Silver Ariels. IDENTIFYING FEATURES (2020), presented at Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition, is her first feature film.