The Frida Cinema

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WATCH ‘IDENTIFYING FEATURES’ BEGINNING JANUARY 22ND — WINNER OF TODAY’S IFP GOTHAM AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE!

On Friday, January 22nd, we are proud to welcome writer-director Fernanda Valadez’ acclaimed new film Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares) to our catalog of streaming on-demand titles — recognized today by IFP Gotham Awards as 2020’s Best International Feature Film!

Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he and his friend left 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.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the most celebrated international films of the year, available January 22d – February 11th via online streaming from The Frida Cinema.

Winner: Best International Feature, Gotham Awards
Winner: Audience Award and Screenplay Award, Sundance Film Festival
Winner: Golden Alexander, Thessaloniki Film Festival
Winner: Best Film, Audience Award, and Best Actress, Morelia International Film Festival
Winner: Best Director and Best First Film, Stockholm Film Festival
Winner: Latin Horizon Award, San Sebastian Film Festival
Winner: Golden Eye, Zurich Film Festival

“A confident, accomplished and distinctive feature directorial debut.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Speaks volumes of the boundaries of the human heart and of the undeniable qualities of this director, who should be watched with interest.” – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

“Combines stunning cinematography, evocative sound design and hints of magical realism to create a visionary work of devastating power.” – Anjana Janardhan, Sight & Sound

“A vivid, sun-scorched portrait of a country in crisis.” – Alex Saleviev, Film Threat

“Speaks volumes of the boundaries of the human heart.” – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

“On every level, this is impressively accomplished cinema.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“Poignant. A moving familial love story. Valadez signals her arrival as a young filmmaker… with well-earned confidence in her artistic voice… We should be seeing a lot more from Valadez for years to come, and contemporary Mexican cinema will be all the better for it.” – Beandrea July, The Hollywood Reporter