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Esto no es Berlín

Mexico City, 1986, amidst World Cup fever and the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. In a wealthy neighbourhood 17-year-old Carlos doesn’t fit in: not with his family nor with his school friends. But everything changes when he discovers Azteca, the legendary nightclub with an underground scene of androgynous post-punk, sexual liberation and heavy drug use. As a countercultural space for pansexual experimentation, tolerance and community, its raw energy is deeply attractive to the young rebel searching for his identity as an artist and a man.

Drawing on director Hari Sama’s experiences growing up in Mexico and New York, the film takes inspiration from real life, but adds the cool uncle – played by Sama himself – as the male role model he never had.