This Is Not Berlin

Tribeca Critics' Week

New York Premiere

Mexico | 112 MINUTES | Spanish | English subtitles


The year is 1986, and World Cup fever has hit Mexico. Carlos (Xabiani Ponce de León) and Gera (José Antonio Toledano) 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.

Hari Sama's electrifying coming-of-age tale doesn't take the traditional route for this type of story. Rather, the film eventually comes to embody the anarchic, hedonistic spirit of experimental post-punk excess—transforming into a kaleidoscopic portrait of avant-garde art, direct-action protest, queer awakening, and the dizzying, dangerous freedom of a world seemingly without rules. It's the age of AIDS, and right-wing conformism, but the film is neither cautionary tale nor nostalgia trip. Anchored by marvelous performances from its young cast, and Sama's assured, inventive sense of style, it's a picture suffused in both historical perspective and a forward-looking sense of the possible.

—Bilge Ebiri


Directed by Hari Sama

From a young age, Hari Sama has been torn between his two passions: film and music. His films traverse darkness and light. Sama works on films that are nearly always autobiographical, exploring his experiences and putting himself in uncomfortable places where real reflection is possible.
Hari Sama
Ale García, Antonio Urdapilleta, Charlotte Lerchner, Hari Sama
Rodrigo Ordóñez, Hari Sama, Max Zunino
Alfredo Altamirano
Ximena Cuevas, Rodrigo Ríos, Hari Sama
Executive Producer
Hari Sama, Verónica Valadez
Sound Design
Javier Umpierrez
Art Director
Diana Quiroz
Wardrobe Design
Gabriela Fernández
Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Ximena Romo, Mauro Sánchez Navarro, Américo Hollander, Klaudia García, Marina de Tavira, Hari Sama, Lumi Cavazos, Juan Carlos Remolina


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