The Perfect Dictatorship

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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
Edited byMariana Rodríguez
Distributed byBandidos Films
Release date
  • October 16, 2014 (2014-10-16)
Running time
143 minutes
Box officeover US$14 million (Mexico)

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 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 MXN$188.16 million in Mexico, making it the fifth highest-grossing Mexican film of all time.[5][6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ariel Awards[edit]

The Ariel Awards are awarded annually by the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences in Mexico. La Dictadura Perfecta received 10 nominations.[7]

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


  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. ^ "Las 10 cintas mexicanas más taquilleras". Milenio. Grupo Milenio. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2019. In Spanish.
  7. ^ "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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