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City of God

2h 10m Crime, Drama 2003

This critically acclaimed global hit film is a true story of crime and redemption set in one of the most notorious slums - Rio de Janeiro’s “City of God.”

An incendiary Brazilian drama depicting two decades of blood-drenched rivalry between two youth gangs who control Rio De Janiero’s Cidade de Deus. It’s a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy grows up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with a different eye - the eye of an artist.

“With a flashy, heightened sense of style slightly removing it from the ‘authentic’ street vibe being presented, this perhaps lacks an emotional core or wider political context that might have secured fullest impact, but it packs firepower as a piece of cinematic bravado - bristling with precocious energy, exotic wonderstuff and committed acting from a cast of largely non-professionals.” ~ AroVideo.


Kátia Lund






Brazil, France

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