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This Is Not Berlin

Directed by: Hari Sama | 2019 | 1h 52m | Unrated | In Spanish w/ English Subtitles

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O Cinema North Beach

500 71st St, Miami Beach (786) 207-1919

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In 1986 Mexico City, a 17-year-old boy doesn’t fit in anywhere, not in his family nor with the friends he has chosen in school. But everything changes when he is invited to a mythical nightclub, where he discovers the underground nightlife scene.

As Mexico anticipates the 1986 World Cup, 17-year-old Carlos is less interested in soccer and more interested in listening to his record collection and admiring Rita, the older sister of his best friend, Gera. Carlos and Gera’s suburban, juvenile monotony is interrupted when Rita’s goth band introduces them to an underground nightclub—the Azteca. The teens are instantly seduced by the Azteca’s regulars and their exhilarating world of performance art, sexual fluidity, and prescription drugs. Carlos and Gera’s friendship is tested as the two explore new identities and face the consequences of adult decisions.

Infused with a post-punk soundtrack and brimming with enchanting performances from a promising young cast, THIS IS NOT BERLIN delivers an energetic portrait of a clandestine sanctuary propelled by youth fleeing the societal repression of their time. A unique take on adolescent insecurities, awakenings, and maturing, writer/director Hari Sama elevates the classic coming-of-age story in fresh and unexpected ways.

“Hari Sama’s fourth feature as writer-director is something special, and one of the best of its particular subgenre.”
– VARIETY

“The movie celebrates the thrill of performance art, the rush of drug trips and the melancholic cacophony of Joy Division.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

“A sexy misadventure through self-discovery and art.”
– ROGEREBERT.COM

“The events onscreen are semi-autobiographical for Sama and thus a document of the turmoil those his age at the time faced when external expectations and internal hopes clashed. At its center: love. The power it has to bring us together opposite its potential to tear us apart.”
– FILM STAGE