WATCH: Electrifying First US Trailer Released for Mexican Coming-of-Age Film ‘This is Not Berlin’

Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the first official US trailer for Sundance darling “This is Not Berlin,” directed by Hari Sama. After its Park City debut, the daring and sensual coming-of-age film won a Special Jury Award as well as nabbing a prize for Best Cinematography at the Málaga Spanish Film Festival.


1986. Mexico City. 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: post punk, sexual liberty, and drugs that challenges the relationship with his best friend Gera and lets him find his passion for art.

Sama is a filmmaker that comes from heavy musical influence. As the trailer shows the effervescent night life and discovery Carlos experiences, it makes sense that its director’s creativity hails from his Mexican new wave punk band. Sama’s past work includes  “Sin ton ni Sonia,” “The Dream of Lu,” which one lead actress Úrsula Pruneda festival awards, Awakening Dust” and “Sunka Raku – Evanescent Joy.”

The film stars Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Mauro Sanchez Navarro, Klaudia Garcia, Ximena Romo, Américo Hollander and Marina de Tavira (“Roma”). Sama shares a writing credit on the film with Rodrigo Ordonez and Max Zunino.

“This is Not Berlin” is produced by Catatonia Films in association with La Palma de Oro Films. It’s being distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and opens in New York and Los Anegles on Aug. 23, with a rollout to follow. Worldwide, it’s now playing in Spain with a slate of fests including Munich Film Festival and Outfest Los Angeles.

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