City of God (Cidade de Deus)

Cast almost exclusively with non-professionals from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro where this epic crime drama is set, City of God first screened at the 55th Cannes Film Festival and went on to find box office success in both Brazil and abroad. Nominated at the 76th Academy Awards for César Charlone’s cinematography (making him the only Brazilian ever nominated in the category), Fernando Meirelles’s directing, Daniel Rezende’s editing, and writer Bráulio Mantovani’s screenplay adaptation of Paulo Lins’s 1997 novel of the same name, City of God is widely considered one of the best films of the 21st century. 

DIRECTED BY: Fernando Meirelles. WRITTEN BY: Bráulio Mantovani. WITH: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva. 2002. 130 min. Brazil/France/Germany. Color. Portuguese. Rated R. 35mm. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 

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