This is Not Berlin

Directed by Hari Sama
110 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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A stylish leap into the hedonism of ’80s Mexican post-punk, pan-sexual counter-culture. An alienated young man finds a whole new world when he’s invited to a mythical nightclub.

In 1986 Mexico City, 17-year-old Carlos feels out of place in his world. Not interested in the running battles between his macho school friends, and disaffected at home, he finds solace in electronics. When his expertise enables him to fix a broken keyboard in the nick of time for his best friend's sister, a band member, she agrees to take the youngsters to the underground nightclub Azteca. There, Carlos and his best mate Gera discover a world of sexual liberation, drugs, art and music, and he finds himself drawn to the heady world of radical performance art. Based partly on director Hari Sama's life, This is Not Berlin is a dazzling portrait of a counterculture, with a great cast and a fantastic soundtrack.

A joyfully edgy dive in the Mexico City punk/New Wave underground of the mid-80s… With a coolness factor off the charts, this musically and otherwise seductive drama is likely to appeal to audiences who lived through the era as well as those who wish they had, both straight and gay.
Dennis Harvey, Variety
It’s a sensual coming of age story, with the foal-eyed Carlos (Xabiani Ponce de León) drifting into Mexico City’s mid-80s sexually fluid counter-cultural underworld… A soundtrack of post punk art rock, smashed glass and attitude adds to a thrillingly confrontational sense of time and place.
Wendy Ide, ScreenDaily


Thu 6 June
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Mon 10 June
Event Cinemas George St 4
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
Features, Latin America
Original Title
Esto no es Berlín
Unclassified 18+
In Spanish with English subtitles
Hari Sama
Ale García, Antonio Urdapilleta, Verónica Valadez, Hari Sama
Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Mauro Sánchez Navarro
Rodrigo Ordoñez, Hari Sama, Max Zunino
Alfredo Altamirano
Rodrigo Ríos, Ximena Cuevas, Hari Sama
Australian Premiere
Gender & Sexuality, Politics & Economics, Arts, Biography, Latin America, LGBTIQ Films, Music
Company Credits
World Sales: Latido Films
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