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SFFILM Festival

Dance of the 41

Directed by David Pablos

Mexico | Fiction | 98

Ticket buyers and pass holders to this event will have access to stream the film within the indicated window of time. Views must be completed within 24 hours of starting. Viewing of the film is restricted geographically to the US only. The Q&A with cast and crew will play following the film credits. Visit our FAQ for more info.


Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


Based on true events, Dance of the 41 is the forbidden love story between a politician and a lawyer that became a society scandal that roiled early 20th-century Mexico. Ignacio, a charming and handsome congressman, marries the beloved indigenous and illegitimate daughter of the president. Outwardly they are the perfect high society couple, but their fairytale is a strained and violent relationship of betrayals. This sumptuous and gorgeous period piece imagines a seminal moment in Mexican culture and lays bare homophobic beliefs that continue today.

Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Director David Pablos

Tijuana native David Pablos made his directing debut with The Life After (2013), which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His second feature, Las elegidas (2015), earned 13 Ariel Award nominations, winning five, including Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. Dance of the 41 is his third feature.

Film Details

Language Spanish

Original Language Title El baile de los 41

Year 2020

Premiere US

Runtime 98

Country Mexico/Brazil

Director David Pablos

Producer Pablo Cruz, Arturo Sampson

Executive Producer Pablo Cruz, Giulia Cardamone, Diego Duarez Chialvo, Isabel López Polanco, Monika Revilla

Writer Monika Revilla

Editor Soledad Salfate

Cinematographer Carolina Costa

Music Carlo Ayhllon, Andrea Balenty

Cast Alfonso Herrera, Emiliano Zurita, Mabel Cadena