City of God (movie)

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City of God (in Portuguese Cidade de Deus) is a Brazilian movie, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. It was adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from the novel by Paulo Lins. It was directed by Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles. It stars Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Jonathan Haagensen and Douglas Silva.

Most of the actors in the film had never acted before and were, in fact, residents of favelas such as Vidigal and the "City of God" itself.

The movie received four Academy Award nominations in 2004: Best Cinematography (César Charlone), Best Directing (Meirelles), Best Editing (Daniel Rezende) and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Mantovani). Before that, in 2003 it had been chosen to be Brazil's runner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it was not nominated to be one of the five finalists. This was widely regarded as an injustice, which some attributed to the fact that most of the voting members to participate in that category were among the eldest in the Academy, and their vision would be a relatively more conservative one, which would have met the movie with less enthusiasm, given its context and format.

In September 2004, a nine-part spin off series, City of Men, was released on DVD, and broadcast on BBC4.

Tagline: 15 miles from paradise...one man will do anything to tell the world everything.

Plot summary

In the mid-1960s, Little Zé (Leandro Firmino da Hora) and Bené (Phellippe Haagensen) are wannabe gangsters in the dangerous Rio de Janeiro slums called Cidade de Deus ("City of God"). Forward to the 1970s, where the former friends now have different ideas about the ways their lives should go.

Cast

Translation into English of character's names that were nicknames are between parenthesis when applicable.


Directed by: Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles

External links

es:Ciudad de Dios (película) fr:La Cité de Dieu (film) no:City of God pt:Cidade de Deus (filme)

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