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Mexican films triumph at Sundance

Sundance is the most important independent film festival of the United States

Mexican films triumph at Sundance
Still from the film “Identifying Features” - Photo: Taken from Sundance’s website
English 04/02/2020 17:22 EL UNIVERSAL in English/Miranda Perea Mexico City Actualizada 02:40
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The most important independent film festival of the United States, Sundance, took place from January 23 to February 2, 2020.

In the last edition of the festival founded by Robert Redford, the Mexican films Identifying Features and I Carry You With Me won two awards each.

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In Identifying Features, director, writer, and producer Fernanda Valadez portrays the painful issue of migrants disappearing on their way to the U.S. On her debut feature, Valadez traverses across a varied contemporary Mexican landscape stressing a contemplation of family and loss with fleeting moments of human connection, allowing one woman’s aching personal story to encapsulate the weight of a tremendous real-world humanitarian crisis.

Valadez’s short 400 Maletas was nominated for a Silver Ariel and a Student Academy Award. She produced Astrid Rondero's The Darkest Days of Us, a film supported by Tribeca Film Institute, Berlinale Talents, and Women in Film, which was nominated for two Silver Ariels. Identifying Features is her debut feature-length film as a director. As a producer, she is preparing Sujo, a new collaboration with Rondero.

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Valadez and Rondero won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay.

Identifying Features also won the Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic.

For its part, the film I Carry You With Me won the Audience Award: NEXT and the NEXT Innovator Award presented by Adobe.

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After co-directing many award-winning documentaries, many of which have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Heidi Ewing returned with her solo directorial narrative debut. This bittersweet American Dream is based on an acclaimed New York City chef, whose cuisine pays homage to his beloved country. Lensed by the impressive and fast-rising Mexican cinematographer Juan Pablo Ramírez, Iván’s memory is rendered indelible, making Iván’s predicament of not being able to return to Mexico all the more disheartening. The film is a tender romance and a complicated journey beautifully captured.

Heidi Ewing, the co-owner of Brooklyn-based Loki Films, has enjoyed an illustrious career as a documentary film director. Her films include the Academy Award-nominated Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka, 12th & Delaware, Detropia, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, and 2017 Netflix Original One of Us.

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