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This is Not Berlin

Esto no es Berlín

A young man’s life is turned upside down when he discovers the underground club scene of Mexico City.

Dir Hari Sama
Prod Ale García, Antonio Urdapilleta, Verónica Valadez, Hari Sama
Scr Rodrigo Ordoñez, Hari Sama, Max Zunino
With Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Ximena Romo
Mexico
2019
110min
Sales Latido Films
With English subtitles

It’s 1986 and as Mexico’s capital goes World Cup-crazy, 17-year-old Carlos spends his days getting into schoolyard brawls and cruising around town with his rowdy pals to the thumping sounds of Judas Priest. But heavy metal guitar riffs soon give way to post-punk synths when Carlos visits subversive new-wave nightclub Azteca and finds himself immersed in a transgressive world of music, art, politics, drugs and sexual fluidity. Finally feeling like he fits in, the blossoming teen begins to forge his own identity and open himself up to a new and exciting world of untold possibilities. A coming-of-age tale with real bite, Hari Sama’s evocative homage to the anarchic spirit of adolescent rebellion exudes an infectious sense of energy, as well as a poignant pang of melancholy.

Michael Blyth

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  • Hari Sama, director.

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