Cast and credits
Original title / Martha
English title / Martha
Director / Marcelino Islas Hernández
Screenplay / Marcelino Islas Hernández
Cinematography / Rodrigo Sandoval Vega Gil
Editing / Rodrigo Téllez
Music / María Alma, Mañana en la Batalla Piensa en Mí, Ingrid Löwenberg
Sound / Adolfo Hernández Santisteban, Jerónimo Gorraez Belmar
Art direction / Natalia Patiño
Costumes / Natalia Patiño
Cast / Magda Vizcaino (Martha), Leticia Gómez (Sonia), Penélope Hernández (Eva), Raúl Adalid (Miguel), Ismena Romero (Diana), Berenice Avilés (Alicia)
Executive producers / Jorge Bolado, Gerardo Morán
Producers / Ivan Löwenberg, Ulises Contreras
Production company / Zamora Films
Co-production / Centro de Diseño, Cine y TV
International distribution / Fi.Ga. Film
Format / Dcp, colour, 16:9
Runtime / 77'
Mexico City, farthest outskirts. After thirty years at work, Martha, gloomy archivist of an insurance company, is replaced by a young secretary and a computer. For the woman, 75 years old and with no family ties, is a real shock. Her days are filled by her job at the company and caring for an old neighbour with serious health problems. The unexpected decision of a friend – to leave the city in order to join a daughter faraway – sharpens her sense of defeat. Desperate as she is, Martha decides to concede herself a last week at the company, before committing suicide. But destiny has other surprises in store for her.
Born in Ciudad Satélite in 1984, Marcelino Islas Hernández graduated from the Design, Cinema and Television Centre of the University of Mexico City, majoring in cinema direction. He was recently selected as a member of the Guadalajara Talent Campus, organised by the Berlinale and the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Martha is his debut feature film. He is currently working as producer on three projects: La castración by Ivan Löwenberg, La Historia se repite by Jorge Bolado and the documentary El Güero by Gabriela Gómez Mont.