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Identifying Features

Identifying Features
Drama | 2020 | NR. 1hr 35min
CAST: Mercedes Hernández, David Illescas, Juan Jesús Varela DIRECTOR: Fernanda Valadez TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL | IN-THEATER SCREENING

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.

Debut feature film! Premiered in the World Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it landed the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay.


As The Grand prepares to reopen to the public, please know that the health and safety of our patrons, staff and volunteers is our biggest priority. Below is an abbreviated list of procedures we have in place to help protect our film-loving community. Please read the guidelines and procedures in full here.
  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Concessions stand is closed.
  • All employees and volunteers will be screened for symptoms.
  • Each theater will be limited to 25% capacity.
  • We have instituted assigned seating. Online tickets are highly recommended as we are operating at a reduced capacity. If you are purchasing tickets at the box office, we ask that you come prepared with a card for payment rather than cash.

Presented by the (mostly virtual) 15th Tacoma Film Festival, November 6–15, 2020. Explore the lineup and more at


Signals an exciting arrival by a much-needed voice.
Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter
A masterpiece and an indispensable tale of violence and migration that portrays the harsh reality in Mexico.
Ricardo Gallegos, La Estatuilla
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