Cidade de Deus Poster

Release Date: 2002

R|2 hr 11 min

Plot Summary
In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José "Zé" Pequeno (Leandro Firmino da Hora) is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, "Knockout Ned" (Seu Jorge). The film was shot on location in Rio's poorest neighborhoods.

Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Jonathan Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Roberta Rodrigues

Director: Kátia Lund, Fernando Meirelles

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Lumiere Productions

Keywords: Quest, 1960s, 1980s, Brother, Growing up, 1970s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • An epic docudrama - electric and raw. show more

  • It's sensationally well-made: skittery and kinetic, packed with mayhem, yet framed (and narrated) with witty detachment, so that the carnage never seems garish. The film is far from a work of art, but it marks the emergence of a great new action superchef. show more

  • Breathtaking and terrifying, urgently involved with its characters, it announces a new director of great gifts and passions: Fernando Meirelles. show more

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