City of God


2h 13m 2002

Brief Synopsis

Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a housing project built in the 1960's that--in the early 80's--became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of many characters whose lives sometimes intersect. However, all is seen through the eyes of a singular narrator: Busca

Film Details

Also Known As
Cidade de Deus, Cité de Dieu, Ciudad de Dios, La Cité de Dieu
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Crime
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Globo TV; O2 Filmes; Wild Bunch
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; Cathay Film Organization; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Frenetic Films; MIRAMAX; Mars Distribution; Mikado Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Miramax International; Paradiso Entertainment; Sam Film; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures; Vertigo Films (Spain); Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 13m

Synopsis

Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a housing project built in the 1960's that--in the early 80's--became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of many characters whose lives sometimes intersect. However, all is seen through the eyes of a singular narrator: Busca-Pé, a poor black youth too frail and scared to become an outlaw, but also too smart to be content with underpaid, menial jobs. He grows up in a very violent environment. The odds are all against him. But Busca-Pé soon discovers that he can see reality differently than others. His redemption is that he's been given an artist's point of view as a keen-eyed photographer. As Busca-Pé is not the real protagonist of the film--only the narrator--he is not the one who makes the decisions that will determine the sequence of events. Nevertheless, not only his life is attached to what happens in the story, but it is also through Busca-Pé's perspective of life that one can understand the complicated layers and humanity of a world, apparently condemned to endless violence.

Cast

Alexandre Rodrigues

Buscap, 'Rocket'

Leandro Firmino De Hora Phellipe

Ze Pequeno, 'Li'L Ze'

Seu Jorge

Mane Galinha, 'Knockout Ned'

Jonathan Haagensen

Cabeleira, 'Shaggy'

Matheus Nachtergaele

Sandro Cenoura, 'Carrot'

Phelipe Haagensen

Bene, 'Beny'

Douglas Silva

Dadinho, 'Li'L Dice'

Roberta Rodriguez Silvia

Berenice

Jefechander Suplino

Alicate, 'Clipper'

Alice Braga

Angelica

Emerson Gomes

Barbantinho

Edson Oliveira

Adult Barbantinho

Michel De Souza Gomes

Bene As A Child

Luis Otavio

Buscape As A Child

Mauricio Marques

Cabecao

Gustavo Engracia

Newspaper Editor

Darlan Cunha

File Com Fritas

Robson Rocha

Gelson

Thiago Martins

Lampiao

Leandra Miranda

Lucia Maracana

Grazielle Moretto

Marina Cintra

Renato De Souza

Marreco, 'Goose'

Karina Falcao

Paraiba'S Wife

Sabrina Rosa

Galinha'S Girlfriend

Rubens Sabino

Neguinho

Marcos Junqueira

Otavio

Edson Montenegro

Buscape'S Father

Gero Camilo

Paraiba

Felipe Silva

Rafael

Daniel Zettel

Thiago

Charles Paraventi

Tio Sam

Luiz Carlos Ribeiro Seixas

Touro

Paulo Cesar

Tuba

Danielle Ornellas

Paraiba'S Neighbor

Bernardo Santos

Slum Area Kid

Diego Batista

Slum Area Kid

Diego Ferreira

Slum Area Kid

Marcio Vinicios

Slum Area Kid

Micael Borges

Slum Area Kid

Rafael De Castro

Slum Area Kid

Ramon Francisco

Slum Area Kid

Thiago Wallace

Slum Area Kid

Alexander Cerqueira

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Alexandre Tavares

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Andre Pires Martins

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Antonio Rodrigues

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Bartolomeu Braga

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Carlos Henrique Avernais

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Claudio Cesar

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Cleiton Ventura

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Damiao Firmino

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Euclides Garcia

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Fabio Conceicao

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Felipe Nogueira

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Ivan Martins

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

John Lima

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Jonas Michel

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Leandro Lucas

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Leonardo Dias Batista

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Lucio Andrey

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Luis Rodrigues

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Luis Nascimento

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Marcello Melo

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Marcio Costa

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Mario Luiz Costa Oliveira

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Nelson Amaral

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Omar Barcelos

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Otto Amorim

Ze Pequeno'S Gang

Antonio Pinto

Performer

Ed Cortés

Performer

Edmilson Capeluppi

Performer

Nahor Gomes

Performer

Sidnei Borgani

Performer

Crew

Mauricio Andrade Ramos

Producer

Beli Araujo

Set Designer

Guilherme Ayrosa

Sound

Guilherme Ayrosa

Sound Recording

Renato Batata

Visual Effects

Marc Beauchamps

Co-Producer

Bel Berlinck

Production Coordinator

Sergio Bezerra

Location Producer

Rene Bittencourt

Production Manager

Rogerio Carvalho

Set Producer

Alessandra Casolari

Post-Production Coordinator

Ctsar Charlone

Director Of Photography

Marcelo Cois

Off-Line Editor

Ed Cortés

Music

Lamartine Ferreira

Assistant Director

Paulo Ferreira

On-Line Effects

Paulo Ferreira

On-Line Editor

Daniel Filho

Co-Producer

Claudine Franco

Production Manager

Amaury Guarilha

Flight Instructor

Marcell Hernandes

Off-Line Editor

Martin Hernandez

Sound Design (Zeta Audio)

Martin Hernandez

Sound Designer

Carlos Honc

Sound Effects Editor

Carlos Honc

Additional Sound

Seu Jorge

Song Performer ("Convite Para Vida")

Alessandro Laroca

Adr

Alessandro Laroca

Dialogue Editor

Hank Levine

Co-Producer

Paulo Lins

Source Material (From Novel: "City Of God")

Paula Maciel

Executive Producer (Supersonica)

Braulio Mantovani

Screenwriter

Vincent Maraval

Co-Producer

Dona Meirelles

Makeup Artist

Fernando Meirelles

Camera Operator (2nd Unit)

Samuel Mendoza

Sound Effects Artist

Luciana Meula

Executive Producer (Supersonica)

Malu Miranda

Assistant Director

Claudia Moraes

Set Designer

Paulo Ricardo Nunes

Sound Recording

Tule Peak

Art Director

Luciano Pere

Choreographer

Eugen Pfister

Off-Line Editor

Rudy Pi

Sound Mixer

Andre Pinto

On-Line Editor

Andre Pinto

On-Line Effects

Antonio Pinto

Music

Angela Pralon

Set Decorator

Alejandro Quevedo

Sound Effects Supervisor

Alejandro Quevedo

Sound Design

Juliette Renaud

Co-Producer

Daniel Rezende

Editor

Andrea Barata Ribeiro

Producer

Pradip Romay

Studio Sound

Andre Francisco Rosa

Animal Trainer

Bia Salgado

Costume Designer

Ines Salgado

Costume Designer

Walter Salles

Co-Producer

Adam Sawelson

Sound Mixer

Fabricio Tadeu

Steadicam Operator

Roland N Thai

Sound Design Supervisor

Elisa Tolomelli

Line Producer

Anna Van Steen

Makeup

L C Varella

Score Mixing

Film Details

Also Known As
Cidade de Deus, Cité de Dieu, Ciudad de Dios, La Cité de Dieu
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Crime
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Globo TV; O2 Filmes; Wild Bunch
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; Cathay Film Organization; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Frenetic Films; MIRAMAX; Mars Distribution; Mikado Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Miramax International; Paradiso Entertainment; Sam Film; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures; Vertigo Films (Spain); Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 13m

Award Nominations

Best Adapted Screenplay

2003

Best Cinematography

2003

Best Director

2003
Fernando Meirelles

Best Editing

2003

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States November 2002 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Latin Cinema Series) November 7-17, 2002.)

Released in United States January 2003 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 9-20, 2003.)

Winner of the 2003 award for Best Foreign Film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Winner of the 2003 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Foreign Feature by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Winner of the 2003 Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

Released in United States Winter January 17, 2003

Expanded Release in United States January 24, 2003

Released in United States on Video June 8, 2004

Released in United States 2002

Released in United States November 2002

Released in United States January 2003

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 9-20, 2003.

Based on the novel "City of God" by Paulo Lins; published by Editora Schwarcz Ltda. in 1997.

Miramax acquired distribution rights at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States Winter January 17, 2003

Expanded Release in United States January 24, 2003

Released in United States on Video June 8, 2004

Released in United States 2002 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 30 - September 2, 2002.)

Filmed with hand-held cameras on the streets of Rio with a cast that includes some 200 nonprofessional actors.

The Country of Brazil