Fernanda Valadez Wins Two Awards at the San Sebastián Film Festival for Her First Feature “Identifying Features”

Fernanda Valadez is pulling a double…

The 39-year-old Mexican first-time director has picked up two awards at this year’s San Sebastián Film Festival, which has helped revive the global festival circuit this season with a physical event held September 18-26 in Spain.

Fernanda Valadez

Valadez won the Latin Horizons Award and the Spanish Cooperation Award at the festival for her latest film Sin Señas Particulares (Identifying Features).

The Mexican drama centers on a young man recently deported from the U.S. who joins forces with a mother in search of her missing son.

Sin Senas Particulares

Shot on location in rural Guanajuato, Mexico, the poignant film won two awards in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It will be distributed in the U.S. by Kino Lorber.

Other Latino winners include Clarisa Navas, who earned the Latin Horizons Award (Special Mention) for One in a Thousand; Maite Alberdi, who won the Audience Award for Best European Film for The Mole Agent; and Amaia Merino and Miguel Angel Llamas, who took home the Irizar Basque Film Award for Where is Mikel?

Led by president Luca Guadagnino, the jury members included Joe Alwyn, Marisa Fernández Armenteros, Michel Franco, and Lena Mossum.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Official Selection Prizes

Golden Shell for Best Film: “Beginning,” Dea Kulumbegashvili

Special Jury Prize: “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan,” Julien Temple

Silver Shell for Best Director: “Beginning,” Dea Kulumbegashvili

Silver Shell for Best Actress: “Beginning,” Ia Sukhitashvili

Silver Shell for Best Actor: “Another Round,” Mads Mikkelsen

Best Screenplay: “Beginning,” Dea Kulumbegashvili and Rati Oneli

Best Cinematography: “Any Crybabies Around?,” Yuta Tsukinaga

Other Festival Prizes

New Directors’ Award: “Last Days of Spring,” Isabel Lamberti

New Directors’ Award (Special Mention): “Slow Singing,” Dong Xingyi

Latin Horizons Award: “Identifying Features,” Fernanda Valadez

Latin Horizons Award (Special Mention): “One in a Thousand,” Clarisa Navas

San Sebastian Audience Award: “The Father,” Florian Zeller

Audience Award for Best European Film: “The Mole Agent,” Maite Alberdi

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award: “The Metamorphosis of Birds,” Catarina Vasconcelos

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award (Special Mention): “The Woman Who Ran,” Hong Sang-soo

TVE Another Look Award: “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” Eliza Hittman

TVE Another Look Award (Special Mention): “Gull,” Kim Mi-jo

Spanish Cooperation Award: “Identifying Features,” Fernanda Valadez

Irizar Basque Film Award: “Where is Mikel?,” Amaia Merino and Miguel Angel Llamas

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