A masterpiece from Brazil, 2002’s City of God follows a group of youths growing up in a crime-ridden slum outside Rio de Janeiro. This film is shocking, thrilling, frightening and humorous. The incredible cinematography, gripping story and wonderful characters will keep you hooked from beginning to end.
Part tender coming-of-age film, part gang-warfare epic, City of God is based on the novel by Paulo Lins. Lins grew up in the notorious Cidade de Deus favela (slum).
Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund’s direction is mastery. Their adaptation of Lins’s novel is given forceful authenticity by recruitment of approximately one hundred children and youths mostly from favelas around Rio. Alexandre Rodrigues, who plays the lead character in the film, was actually from Cidade de Deus. The only professional actor with years of filming experience was Matheus Nachtergaele.
Universally acclaimed for its stark, visceral honesty in depicting organised crime in Rio de Janeiro, City of God is essential viewing.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: Cidade de Deus
Direction: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Screenplay: Bráulio Mantovani
Cinematography: César Charlone
Editing: Daniel Rezende
Score: Ed Cortês, Antonio Pinto
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Alice Braga, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Roberta Rodrigues, Graziella Moretto, Luis Otávio, Michel de Souza, Renato de Souza, Jefechander Suplino, Edson Oliveira, Emerson Gomes, Daniel Zettel, Darlan Cunha, Charles Paraventi, Luiz Carlos Ribeiro Seixas, Maurício Marques, Thiago Martins
Katia Braulio Cesar Otavio Mauricio Cortes