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This is not Berlin

Japan, Spanish, 115 mins

Original Title

Esto no es Berlín
  • Director: Hari Sama
  • Writer: Hari Sama; Rodrigo Ordoñez; Max Zunino
  • Producer: Ale García; Charlotte Lerchner; Antonio Urdapilleta

CGiii Comment

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.


Esto no es Berlín / This is not Berlin from CATATONIA Films on Vimeo.

Cast & Characters

Xabiani Ponce de León as Carlos
José Antonio Toledano as Gera
Mauro Sánchez Navarro as Nico
Klaudia Garcia as Maud
Ximena Romo as Rita
Américo Hollander as Tito
Hari Sama as Esteban
Marina de Tavira as Carolina
Lumi Cavazos as Susana
Fernando Álvarez Rebeil as Quiñones
Juan Carlos Remolina as Emilio
Rodrigo Rojo as Cadenero III
Luna Balvanera as Lola
Sara Manni as Sara

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