City of God (Cidade de Deus)
Cert: 18 Year: 2002 Length: 131 mins Language: Portuguese
The 'City Of God' of the title is a notorious slum in Rio De Janeiro. Paulo Lins, on whose novel the film is based, grew up in this place but somehow escaped it. He spent eight years writing his book and it tells the story of two boys who take different paths as they grow up. City Of God is a city where the law and social services have no place; friendships are formed out of necessity and desperation. The residents are outcasts and the young carry out acts of extreme violence, as this appears to be their only option in this moral and economic wasteland.
AFI Festival 2002
Winner, Best International Feature Film,
Winner Best Editing
Nominated for Best Film not in the English Language
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