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El baile de los 41 by David Pablo closed the 18th FICM

By: Gustavo R. Gallardo

The film El baile de los 41 (2020), by David Pablos, closed the 18th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival this Sunday, with the presence of the festival’s president, Alejandro Ramírez; Vice President Cuauhtémoc Cardenas; the founder and director of FICM, Daniela Michel, the director of the film and members of the cast.

“We are very pleased to close this edition of the festival with a long-awaited feature film, which has generated a lot of expectation and from a filmmaker who is a great friend of the festival,” said Alejandro Ramírez.

El baile de los 41 talks about a famous raid carried out by the police in a house in Mexico City where, on November 18 of 1901, a party was held between personalities from the highest spheres of Mexican society where several men dressed in women’s clothing, including the President’s son-in-law  – a popular piece of information to this day. This is the first time that homosexuality was talked about openly in the country’s media.

David Pablos

David Pablos

“Few things have changed from the Porfiriato to the present day. Although it is hard to believe it, we continue to live in a highly repressive society that prosecutes and discriminates. It is very important for me to give visibility to the LGBTQ+ community from another angle in this film, not mockingly, as it was at that time,” said David Pablos.

This historical film, starring Alfonso Herrera, Mabel Cadena and Emiliano Zurita, will hit theaters on November 19.

“It is a pleasure to close the 18th edition of the festival and above all to have a large part of my team present. I want to acknowledge them for ¡ great work in a very complicated film,” concluded the director.