This Is Not Berlin (2019)

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This Is Not Berlin (2019)
Esto no es Berlín (original title)

Seventeen-year-old Carlos 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: punk, sexual liberty and drugs.
Mexico
IMDb  6.6 /10
Metacritic   69%
Creators
Director Hari Sama
Writer Rodrigo Ordoñez
Writer Hari Sama
Writer Max Zunino
Information
Release Date2019-06-21
Runtime1h 55mins
GenreDrama
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
Awards5 wins & 20 nominations.
CompanyCatatonia Films, La Palma de Oro Films
CountryMexico
LanguageSpanish
José Antonio Toledano
José Antonio Toledano
Gera
Mauro Sanchez Navarro
Mauro Sanchez Navarro
Nico
Klaudia Garcia
Klaudia Garcia
Maud
Américo Hollander
Américo Hollander
Tito
Hari Sama
Hari Sama
Esteban
Cadenero III
Luna Balvanera
Luna Balvanera
Lola
Sara Manni
Sara Manni
Sara
Emilio Cuaik
Emilio Cuaik
Gabriel

This Is Not Berlin

This Is Not Berlin (Spanish: Esto no es Berlín), is a 2019 Mexican drama film directed by Hari Sama. The film was presented on 25 January 2019 at the Sundance Festival, and it premiered on 21 June 2019 in Spain. Sama portrays the film as autobiographical, as it is inspired by his life in the 80s in Mexico.


Cast

  • Xabiani Ponce de León as Carlos
  • José Antonio Toledano as Gera
  • Mauro Sánchez Navarro as Nico
  • Klaudia García 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

Reception

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 82% based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 7.17/10.


Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2019Tribeca Film FestivalBest International Narrative FeatureTribeca Critics' WeekNominated
Sundance Film FestivalWorld Cinema – DramaticHari SamaNominated
Seattle International Film FestivalIbero American CompetitionHari SamaNominated
San Sebastián International Film FestivalBest Latin American FilmHari SamaNominated
Málaga Spanish Film FestivalSpecial Jury AwardHari SamaSpecial
Best Supporting ActorMauro Sánchez NavarroWon
Best CinematographyAlfredo AltamiranoWon
Special Critics AwardHari SamaSpecial
Miami Film FestivalBest FilmThis Is Not BerlinNominated
Lima Latin American Film FestivalBest FilmHari SamaNominated
GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding Film – Limited ReleaseThis Is Not BerlinNominated