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The Perfect Dictatorship

The Perfect Dictatorship (Spanish: La dictadura perfecta) is a 2014 Mexican comedy political satire film, written, produced and directed by Luis Estrada and starring Damián Alcázar, Alfonso Herrera, Joaquín Cosío, Dagoberto Gama, María Rojo and Salvador Sánchez. Cast also includes Osvaldo Benavides, Saúl Lisazo, Tony Dalton, Arath de la Torre, Sergio Mayer and Itatí Cantoral. It was released on October 16, 2014, and it will represent Mexico at the 2015 Goya Awards.[1][2]

The Perfect Dictatorship
La Dictadura Perfecta poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Spanish: La dictadura perfecta
Directed byLuis Estrada
Produced byLuis Estrada
Written byLuis Estrada
Jaime Sampietro
StarringDamián Alcázar
Alfonso Herrera
Joaquín Cosío
Dagoberto Gama
María Rojo
Salvador Sánchez
Music byBenson Taylor
CinematographyJavier Aguirresarobe
Distributed byBandidos Films
Release date
  • October 16, 2014 (2014-10-16)
Running time
143 minutes
Box officeover US$14 million (Mexico)

The film title is a reference to a famous statement by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa that he used to describe the continuous governments of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which dominated politics in Mexico for much of the 20th Century.[3] The plot is based on the real life perceived Televisa controversy which consisted of Mexican citizens heavily perceiving the news media was unfairly favoring PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto during the 2012 presidential election in Mexico.[4]



After an international faux pas goes viral, the Mexican Government urges Television Mexicana, the most powerful Mexican television corporation, to create a media distraction. Television Mexicana discloses a scandalous story involving Governor Carmelo Vargas (Damián Alcázar) in serious crimes and illicit business. Governor Vargas, worried about his political future, decides to clean his image and negotiates a secret agreement with Television Mexicana. Carlos Rojo (Alfonso Herrera), an ambitious young news producer, and Ricardo Diaz (Osvaldo Benavides), a TV network star reporter, are responsible for changing the public image of the corrupt Governor, with the objective of turning him into a political star and presidential candidate.



The film has grossed over US$14 million in Mexico.[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Ariel AwardsEdit

The Ariel Awards are awarded annually by the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences in Mexico. La Dictadura Perfecta received 10 nominations.[6]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 La Dictadura Perfecta Best Picture Nominated
Luis Estrada Best Director Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Jaime Sampietro Nominated
Santiago Núñez, Pablo Lach and Hugo de la Cerda Best Sound Nominated
Mariana Rodríguez Best Film Editing Nominated
Salvador Parra Best Art Direction Nominated
Felipe Salazar Best Makeup Nominated
Mariestela Fernández Best Costume Design Nominated
Alejandro Vázquez Best Special Effects Nominated
Adriana Arriaga Best Visual Effects Nominated


  1. ^ Caballero, Jorge (15 October 2014). "Se estrena 'La dictadura perfecta', una mirada a las entrañas del poder". La Jornada. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Selección para los premios Goya 2015". El Universal. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Vargas Llosa: "México es la dictadura perfecta"". La Jornada. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  4. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "Mexican filmmaker Luis Estrada's satirical agenda hits home".
  5. ^ Scott Roxborough (2014-12-22). "Box Office: 8 International Hits That Challenged the Studio Tentpoles". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-12-22.
  6. ^ "Lista completa de nominaciones a los premios Ariel 2015" (in Spanish). Morelia International Film Festival. April 13, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2016.

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