City of God

City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003.

It was adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins which are both based on a true story. It depicts the growth of the organized crime in this Rio de Janeiro’s suburb, between the end of the ’60s and the beginning of the ’80s, with the closure of the film depicting the war between the drug dealer Li’l Zé and criminal Knockout Ned. The tagline is “Fight and you’ll never survive….. Run and you’ll never escape.”

The cast includes Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Jonathan Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Alice Braga and Seu Jorge. Most of the actors were, in fact, residents of favelas such as Vidigal and the Cidade de Deus itself.

Awards and nominationscidadededeusjpg

According to the Internet Movie Database, City of God won forty-eight awards and received other twenty-one nominations. Among those:

Academy Awards

  • Nominated: Best Director (Fernando Meirelles)
  • Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay (Braulio Mantovani)
  • Nominated: Best Cinematography (César Charlone)
  • Nominated: Best Film Editing (Daniel Rezende)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film

BAFTA Film Awards

  • Won: Best Editing (Daniel Rezende)
  • Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Awards

  • Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards

  • Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film

Satellite Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

  • Won: Best Foreign Language Film

Toronto International Film Festival

  • Won: Visions Award – Special Citation

Resources

Complete Movie Script

IMDB Page

Rotten Tomatoes Review Collection

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