This Is Not Berlin

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    This Is Not Berlin

    Esto no es Berlín

    Directed by



    109 min

    • Spanish


    The year is 1986, and World Cup fever has hit Mexico. Carlos and Gera are two best friends from middle-class families who are starting to feel out of place in their sheltered, entitled milieu. But then they discover a liberating, mysterious world of art, drugs, and sex amid the underground clubs of Mexico City.


    • Special Jury Award, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor (Mauro Sanchez Navarro) - Malaga FF



    Xabiani Ponce de Leon
    Jose Antonio Toledano
    Ximena Romo
    Mauro Sanchez Navarro
    Klaudia Garcia
    Americo Hollander
    Hari Sama
    Marina de Tavira
    Juan Carlos Remolina
    Lumi Cavazos
    Fernando Alvarez Rebeil
    Rodrigo Ordóñez
    Hari Sama
    Max Zunino
    Alfredo Altamirano
    Rodrigo Ríos Legaspi
    Hari Sama
    Ximena Cuevas


    With a coolness factor off the charts, this musically and otherwise seductive drama is likely to appeal to audiences who lived through the era as well as those who wish they had, both straight and gay.

    Dennis Harvey, Variety

    Using restless handheld camera and scrappy black and white super 8 footage, Sama captures an assault of ideas and opportunities.

    Wendy Ide, Screendaily

    Sama refuses to simplify the complexities of adolescence at a time of rebellion.

    Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage

    Made with a love and care that's palpable in every frame.

    Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

    Hari Sama

    Hari Sama


    [THIS IS NOT BERLIN] was set in the ‘80s because it’s my life. It is absolutely autobiographical. It’s about a boy who grows in Lomas Verdes. I grew up in Echegaray, a few blocks away. And it is properly my life, my arrival with these artists, my arrival after growing desperate in this suburb where there was no art, there was nothing.

    Hari Sama studied directing at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and musical composition at CIEM in Mexico City. With his feature films, he has participated in numerous film festivals and won several awards. THE DREAM OF LU (2011) won a Golden Goblet for best actress at the Shanghai International Film Festival and an Ariel Award. AWAKENING DUST (2013) won the Kukulkán Award for best picture at the Riviera Maya Film Festival. THIS IS NOT BERLIN (2019) won several awards at Malaga FF and played at Sundance FF and Tribeca FF.

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