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by Marcelino Islas Hernández / Mexico 2010 / 77' / in competition

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.

The director

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.