The story of the famous (or infamous) 41 homosexual men that were busted by the police (illegally) dancing with one another in Mexico City on November 18, 1901, is coming to the big screen in 2020. The film wrapped its production this past November and will reach cinemas in the fall. The event, which took place decades prior to the 1969 New York City Stonewall riots, caught Mexico’s attention at the time because one of the gentlemen involved in the raid was none other than Mexican president Porfirio Díaz’s son in law, Ignacio de la Torre y Mier.
A few months ago, I wrote about this colorful Mexican history episode here.
The film has a working title of El Baile de Los 41, or The Dance of the 41, and it was directed by David Pablos, who hopes to create a connection between the repressed society that prevailed in Mexico at the turn of the 19th century, and present time, a time in which members of the LGBT community continue to suffer from stigma and discrimination. The film stars Mexican actors Alfonso Herrera, Emiliano Zurita and Mabel Cadena.
Cine Premiere, a monthly magazine about Mexico’s film industry, has selected the film along with a shortlist of not-to-be-missed Mexican productions opening in 2020. We can only hope that the film will be released with English subtitles!
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