Sin señas particulares
Director: Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez Run Time: 94 min. Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles
This screening is part of a series of contemporary Mexican films, in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego. Esta presentación es parte de una serie de cine mexicano contemporáneo, en colaboración con el Consulado General de México en San Diego. This screening is made possible by IMCINE.
Tagline: 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 Gotham Award for Best International Film and the Audience Award and Best Screenplay prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Tagline in Spanish: Magdalena (Mercedes Hernández) realiza un viaje complicado buscando a su hijo (Juan Jesús Varela), desaparecido en el intento de cruzar a Estados Unidos. En el camino conoce a Miguel (David Illescas), recién deportado de Estados Unidos que viaja a reencontrarse con su madre a un pueblo fantasma dominado por el narco.
Critic Quotes: “Critic’s Pick! A sophisticated acknowledgment of the powerlessness that migrants face… enlivened and energized by striking, purposeful images.” – The New York Times
“A humanitarian lament by way of a slow-burn thriller… one of the best films to ever address this crisis.” – The AV Club
“Combines stunning cinematography, evocative sound design and hints of magical realism to create a visionary work of devastating power.” – Sight & Sound
February 15, 2023: 7:00
Ticket Prices: $12 Regular / $10 Students & Seniors / $9 Members