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8.5

City of God (2002)

Cidade de Deus
Running time: 130 min | Genre: Thriller, Drugs, Drama, Crime, Adolescence, Based on real facts, Poverty, 1960s, 70's, 1980s, Cult film, Street gangs
City of God

Synopsis

Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a housing project built in the 1960's that--in the early 80's--became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of many characters whose lives sometimes intersect. However, all is seen through the eyes of a singular narrator: Busca-Pé, a poor black youth too frail and scared to become an outlaw but also to smart to be content with underpaid, menial jobs. He grows up in a very violent environment. The odds are all against him. But Busca-Pé soon discovers that he can see reality differently than others. His redemption is that he's been given an artist's point of view as a keen-eyed photographer. As Busca-Pé is not the real protagonist of the film--only the narrator--he is not the one who makes the decisions that will determine the sequence of events. Nevertheless, not only his life is attached to what happens in the story, but it is also through Busca-Pé's perspective of life that one can understand the complicated layers and humanity of a world, apparently condemned to endless violence.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Director (Fernando Meirelles)
NOMINATED
Best Adapted Screenplay
NOMINATED
Best Cinematography
NOMINATED
Best Film Editing
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Film Editing
WINNER
Best Film Not in the English Language:
NOMINATED

Independent Spirit

Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED

Critics Choice Award

Best Film Not in the English Language:
NOMINATED

Chicago Film Critics Association

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER

Details

Original title

Cidade de Deus

Directors

Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

Producer

O2 Filmes, VideoFilmes, Globo Filmes, Wild Bunch

Running time

130 min

Screenwriter

Braulio Mantovani (Novela: Paulo Lins)

Music

Antonio Pinto & Ed Cortes

Cinematography

César Charlone

Year

2002

Country

Brazil Brazil

Box Office

Budget

$3,300,000

Gross

$18,062,482,

Ranking

IMDb
8.7
Rotten Tomatoes
9
Metacritic
7.9

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