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21,875 Ratings

City of God

Cidade de Deus

Brazil, France, 2002
Crime, Drama, Thriller


In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood, while José “Zé” Pequeno is an ambitious drug dealer diving into a dangerous life of crime.

Our take

An essential arthouse staple of the naughts, Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund’s epic of favela life crackles with passion, violence, color, and visual wizardry. Brazil’s submission to the Oscars uses primarily nonprofessional actors, who light up scenes of relentless violence and restless flight.

City of God Directed by Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2004 | 4 nominations including: Best Director

Independent Spirit Awards

2004 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2002 | Winner: Visions Award - Special Citation

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