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Friday, April 3, 6:00pm

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18




Mexico, 2019, 1 hr 55 mins.

Producers: Hari Sama, Ale García, Antonio Urdapilleta, Verónica Valadez P.

Director: Hari Sama

Writer: Rodrigo Ordoñez, Max Zunino, Hari Sama

Cinematographer: Alfredo Altamirano

Editor: Ximena Cuevas, Rodrigo Rίos Legaspi, Hari Sama

Cast: Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Mauro Sánchez Navarro, Ximena Romo, Marina de Tavira

In Spanish with English subtitles

A compelling semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in Mexico in 1986, as the country gets ready for the World Cup. This Is Not Berlin follows 17-year-old Carlos, an introverted kid who doesn't fit in: not in his family nor at school. Everything changes when he’s invited to the Aztec, a legendary Mexico City nightclub where he discovers the underground nightlife scene - post-punk, sexually fluid, and fueled by drugs. Carlos’s awakening will challenge his relationship with his best friend, Gera, the brother of his crush, Rita, while helping him discover his passion for experimental art and leading him into adulthood. With impeccable art direction, a pulsing soundtrack, and a knock-out ensemble cast headed by Xabiani Ponce de León and José Antonio Toledano, along with Academy Award nominee and Roma star Marina de Tavira, the film offers a revealing portrait of Mexico City in the eighties - an era of deep political, social, and cultural change that shaped today’s Mexico. 


Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival, 2020

Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Sundance Film Festival, 2019

Best International Narrative Feature Nominee, Tribeca Film Festival, 2019

Official Selection, Frameline: San Francisco LGBTQ+ Film Festival, 2019


An urgent and refreshing queer take on the coming-of-age genre that doubles as an intoxicating snapshot of Mexico’s countercultural scene in the late 80s. —Out Magazine

Tucson Cine Mexico tickets are always free. Please note that when you reserve a ticket, it does not guarantee a seat. Seats will be allocated to ticket holders on a first-come, first served basis. It's not necessary to get a ticket but note that non ticket holders will be seated after ticket holders. 

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