THIS IS NOT BERLIN
Director: Hari Sama
Mexico, 115, NR
Screenwriter: Hari Sama
Cast: Xabiani Ponce de Leon, Jose Antonio Toledano, Ximena Romo, Mauro Sanchez Navarro, Klaudia Garcia.
Queer Thursdays presents a Sundance Film Festival favorite that deserves all of the kudos thrown its way! It may have not been Berlin, but Mexico City in the mid-1980s was clearly the place to be. Especially for two best friends, Carlos (Xabiani Ponce de Leon) and Gera (José Antonio Toledano) – private school kids living within a bubble of a safe but boring middle class life. Following the lead of Gera’s hip sister and her hunky boyfriend, they discover a new world, where same sex couples, New Wave music (Joy Division!), and freedom of ideas flourish without constraint. Of course, liberation has it dangers, but Hari Sama’s new film makes you wish you were caught in its intoxicating moment in time.
“A sexy misadventure through self-discovery and art.” Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com