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Plot, Details & Awards

City of God

Rated R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, drug content and language.

R In Theaters 01/17/2003 , 131min.
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Plot & Details

Fernando Meirelles' City of God is a sweeping tale of how crime affects the poor population of Rio de Janeiro. Though the narrative skips around in time, the main focus is on Cabeleira who formed a gang called the Tender Trio. He and his best friend, Bené (Phelipe Haagensen), become crime lords over the course of a decade. When Bené is killed before he can retire, Lil' Zé attempts to take out his arch enemy, Sandro Cenoura (Matheus Nachtergaele). But Sandro and a young gangster named Mane form an alliance and begin a gang war with Lil' Zé. Amateur photographer Buscape (Alexandre Rodrigues) takes pictures of the brutal crime war, making their story famous. City of God was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Daniel Rezende Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography César Charlone Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Fernando Meirelles Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Braulio Mantovani Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Daniel Rezende Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Toronto International Film Festival Visions Award - Special Citation Won

AFI Fest

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 AFI Fest Audience Award Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Daniel Rezende Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Fernando Meirelles Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Nominated

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