• Cidade de Deus (2002)

Cidade de Deus

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 100
    Megan LehmannNew York Post

    Like a bomb exploding in a fireworks factory: It's fierce and shocking and dazzling and wonderful. show more

  • 70
    David EdelsteinSlate

    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

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Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Directing
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film