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TRIBECA CRITICS' WEEK

THIS IS NOT BERLIN

Directed by Hari Sama
FEATURE NARRATIVE 112 Minutes New York Premiere
FILM GUIDE THIS IS NOT BERLIN
TIME & DATE
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SCREENING INFO
6:45 PM - SUN 4/28
PASSED
9:15 PM - MON 4/29
PASSED
9:45 PM - THU 5/2
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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
Drama, LGBTQIA
About the Director(s)
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.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Tribeca Critics' Week
  • Year:
    2019
  • Length:
    112 minutes
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    New York
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Hari Sama
  • Producer:
    Ale García, Antonio Urdapilleta, Charlotte Lerchner, Hari Sama
  • Screenwriter:
    Rodrigo Ordóñez, Hari Sama, Max Zunino
  • Cinematographer:
    Alfredo Altamirano
  • Editor:
    Ximena Cuevas, Rodrigo Ríos, Hari Sama
  • Executive Producer:
    Hari Sama, Verónica Valadez
  • Sound Design:
    Javier Umpierrez
  • Art Director:
    Diana Quiroz
  • Wardrobe Design:
    Gabriela Fernández
  • Cast:
    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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