Mexico City / 05.08.2021 14:34:36
The disappearance of thousands of people who leave their homes in search of a better future is the premise of No particular signs, the film by Fernanda Valadez that after winning 15 international awards reaches Mexican movie theaters today.
The face of this story is Magdalena (Mercedes Hernández), a woman who watches her son leave on a bus to the United States with the promise of finding a job and a better life. He never reached his destination and now she is searching for him.
“It was a huge commitment to embody a woman like Magdalena, despite not being a real character, there are thousands of women like her. It is a film that has won awards outside of Mexico and it is important that it be recognized here “, said Mercedes Hernández to M2.
It is no coincidence that stories like No particular signs respond to the current situation in Mexico, dozens of filmmakers are committed to exploring the various types of violence derived from organized crime to provoke a reflection from the screen.
“The cinema reacts to its times, and they tell us ‘why retell this’, but the cinema in addition to being able to entertain also exposes the things that concern us, what we see in the cinema revolves around reality ”, explains Astrid Rondero, scriptwriter of the film.
“And in this story we do it hand in hand with a mother who goes to this Mexico so fragmented and so broken to ask about her son, that is the worst terror that we all have and we know that it is a reality that thousands and thousands of families live. in the country, “he added.
Sin particular signs was the film that triumphed last year at the Morelia International Film Festival and it obtained more than ten prizes in other filmic encounters, now it makes a stopover in Mexican cinemas with a story that was filmed with scarce resources.
“The satisfaction is that we were able to tell this story, it was such an intimate project that we felt that we would not achieve it, but the film has pleasantly surprised us, one of the lessons is that we were able to tell the film with complete freedom just because we had no expectations and that was very positive ”, commented the filmmaker Fernanda Valadez.
Women and cinema
For a long time, women who are participants in the film industry in this country seek work environments Driven by gender equality, Sin particulars was no exception. Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero do it with their production company.
“Of course we have collaborated with men, but when founding this creative team, for Astrid and for me one of the objectives was to work with teams that seek gender parity and healthy environments,” explained Fernanda Valadez.
“We are not going to change the world with our company, but we can establish working methods where there is no discrimination, where there is no violence. Working with women’s teams is working with generous, talented and committed teams, ”she added.