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City of God (DIFF)
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Released Fri 19 Jul, 2024
Studio:Nu Metro Cinemas exhibits own acquisition.Nu Metro Cinemas
Running time:130 (2h10')
Age restriction:18 D L N P PPS S V
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Based on the book by anthropologist Paulo Lins that fictionalised his research into the poverty-stricken Rio neighbourhood Cidade de Deus, the film shows how drug gangs dominated the city's poor favela areas. Rocket a photographer, attempts to avoid the prevalent violence and crime and aspires for a better life. His life contrasts with L’il Zé who rises to become a ruthless crime lord alongside his friend Bené. The film is groundbreaking in its realistic portrayal of life in the favelas and features non-professional actors. The result is a powerful and unfiltered story and a world of contrasts, where hope and despair coexist.

Based on ‘City of God’ (Novel) by Paulo Lins.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora, Jonathan Haagensen, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas, Silva, Daniel Zettel, Seu Jorge
Directed by: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Screenplay: Bráulio Mantovani
Music: Antônio Pinto, Ed Cortês
Produced by: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Maurício Andrade Ramos
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
Country / Year: Brazil, France, Germany, United States,  2002

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City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) is a 2002 Brazilian epic crime film directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. Bráulio Mantovani's script is adapted from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins, but the plot is also loosely based on real events.