Silverspot Cinema
300 SE 3rd St #100 Miami, FL 33131(305) 536-5000

This Is Not Berlin

Florida Premiere


Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: Esto no es Berlín

Running Time: 105min
Film Year: 2019
Category: HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award

17-year-old Carlos doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere: not with his friends, who won’t stop talking about the upcoming 1986 World Cup, and not at home, where no-one understands his biggest passion, his record collection. He spends his days listening to his favorite music and daydreaming about Rita, his best friend’s older sister, fully settled into the monotony of his day to day life. But then, Rita invites him and Gera along to a place Carlos had only dreamed of before: the mythical nightclub Azteca, where neither rules nor limits seem to exist. As Carlos is roped further and further into the punk nightlife scene, he is confronted with drugs, sexual fluidity, and consequences he never saw coming.

In This Is Not Berlin, director Hari Sama carefully weaves together a story of two young boys who find sanctuary in the clandestine underground of Mexican nightlife. As Carlos and Gera make their first foray into the world of adults, their worldviews’ are shaken and rearranged anew through the unmistakable lense of post-punk music and rebellion – and emerge more mature and grown up than ever expected.


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Director: Hari Sama
Producer: Ale García, Antonio Urdapilleta, Hari Sama, Verónica Valadez P.
Screenwriter: Rodrigo Ordóñez, Hari Sama, Max Zunino
Production Company: Catatonia Cine

Music: Javier Umpierrez
Cinematographer: Alfredo Altamirano
Editor: Rodrigo Ríos Legaspi, Hari Sama, Ximena Cuevas

Cast: Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Ximena Romo, Mauro Sánchez Navarro, Klaudia García, Marina de Tavira, Hari Sama, Juan Carlos Remoina, Lumi Cavazos, Américo Hollander, Fernando Álvarez Rebeil

Hari Sama

Hari Sama is a Mexican filmmaker. After studying directing at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and musical composition at CIEM in Mexico City, he began his career directing the shorts “Una suerte de galleta” (1996), “El futuro es ahora” (1997), and “Tiene la tarde ojos” (2007), among many others. His feature films include Sin ton ni Sonia (2003), The Dream of Lu (2011), and Awakening Dust (2013). This Is Not Berlin (2019), his fourth feature, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.