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City of God (2002)


Coming Out at 30 August 2002 in theaters

“Cidade de Deus”

Crime, Drama

City of God is crime film co-directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins, but the plot is loosely based on real events. It depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s, with the closure of the film depicting the war between the drug dealer Li’l Zé and vigilante-turned-criminal Knockout Ned. The tagline is “If you run, the beast catches you; if you stay, the beast eats you.”

The cast includes Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Phellipe 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.

The film received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for four Academy Awards in 2004: Best Cinematography (César Charlone), Best Director (Meirelles), Best Film Editing (Daniel Rezende), and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Mantovani). In 2003, it was Brazil’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it did not end up being nominated as one of the five finalists.

Meirelles and Lund went on to create the City of Men TV series and film City of Men (2007), which share some of the actors (notably leads Douglas Silva and Darlan Cunha) and their setting with City of God.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

Writers: Paulo Lins (novel), Bráulio Mantovani

Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele


Alexandre RodriguesBuscapé – Rocket
Leandro FirminoZé Pequeno – Li’l Zé
Phellipe HaagensenBené – Benny
Douglas SilvaDadinho – Li’l Dice
Jonathan HaagensenCabeleira – Shaggy
Matheus NachtergaeleSandro Cenoura – Carrot
Seu JorgeMané Galinha – Knockout Ned
Jefechander SuplinoAlicate – Clipper
Alice BragaAngélica
Emerson GomesBarbantinho – Stringy
Edson OliveiraBarbantinho Adulto – Older Stringy
Michel GomesBené Criança – Young Benny
Roberta RodriguesBerenice – Bernice
Luis OtávioBuscapé Criança – Young Rocket
Kiko MarquesCabeção – Melonhead
Gustavo EngráciaEditor do Jornal – Rogerio Reis
Darlan CunhaFilé-com-Fritas – Steak and Fries
Robson RochaGelson – Gerson
Thiago MartinsLampião
Leandra MirandaLúcia Maracanã
Graziella MorettoMarina Cintra
Renato de SouzaMarreco – Goose
Karina FalcãoMulher do Paraíba – Shorty’s Wife
Sabrina RosaNamorada do Galinha – Knockout’s Girlfriend
Rubens SabinoNeguinho – Blacky
Marcos ‘Kikito’ JunqueiraOtávio
Edson MontenegroPai Buscapé – Rocket’s Father
Gero CamiloParaíba – Shorty
Felipe PaulinoRafael
Daniel ZettelThiago – Tiago
Charles ParaventiTio Sam – Uncle Sam
Luiz Carlos Ribeiro SeixasTouro
Paulo ‘Jacaré’ CésarTuba
Dani OrnellasVizinha do Paraíba – Shorty’s Neighbor
Bernardo SantosCaixa Baixa – Runts
Diego BatistaCaixa Baixa – Runts
Diego FerreiraCaixa Baixa – Runts
Marcio ViniciosCaixa Baixa – Runts
MicaelCaixa Baixa – Runts
Rafael de CastroCaixa Baixa – Runts
Ramon FranciscoCaixa Baixa – Runts
Thiago WallaceCaixa Baixa – Runts
Alexander CerqueiraBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Alexandre ‘China’ TavaresBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
André Pires MartinsBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
António RodriguesBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Bartolomeu BragaBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Carlos Henrique AvernasBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Cláudio CésarBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Cleiton VenturaBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Damião FirminoBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Euclides GarciaBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Fábio Castor ConceiçãoBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Felipe NogueiraBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Ivan MartinsBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
John LimaBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Jonas MichelBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Leandro LucasBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Leandro Dias BatistaBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Lúcio AndreyBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Luis Carlos Rodrigues OliveiraBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Luís NascimentoBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Marcello Melo Jr.Bando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Márcio CostaBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang / Bando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Mário Luiz Costa OliveiraBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Nelson AmaralBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Omar ‘Mazinho’ BarcelosBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Otto AmorimBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Peter SoaresBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Rafael de SouzaBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Roberto MiguezBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Rómulo ‘Guinomo’ SechBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Ruy VitórioBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Sérgio BispoBando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang
Alex dos SantosBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Anderson Bruno MarquesBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Anderson LugãoBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
André Luiz MendesBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Antoni GuedesBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Bruno RicardoBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Charles SamuelBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Éder Júlio MartinsBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Eduardo ‘BR’ PiranhaBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Erick OliveiraBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Fábio ‘Dog’ da CunhaBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Felipe Villela MendonçaBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Frederico LinsBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Guilherme EstevamBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Guilherme WilliamBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Harlem TeixeiraBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Leandro GonçalvesBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Leandro LimaBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Leiz MoreiraBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Leonardo MeloBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Luis Carlos OliveiraBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Marcelo MeloBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Marcello ‘Máscara’ AlvesBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Wallace AraújoBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Wallace NascimentoBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Wanderson ‘Petão’ LopesBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Wellington Costa RicardoBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Wemerson GonçalvesBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Wendel BarrosBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Yuri KrushewskyBando Cenoura – Carrot’s Gang
Anderson FariaCocotas – Groovies
Arlindo LopesCocotas – Groovies
Carol MeirellesCocotas – Groovies
Carlos ‘Lencinho’ SmithCocotas – Groovies
ChristianoCocotas – Groovies
Diego MendesCocotas – Groovies
Jéssica da SilvaCocotas – Groovies
Luciana RoqueCocotas – Groovies
Marina Mandonça PinheiroCocotas – Groovies
Michele GonçalvesCocotas – Groovies
Pierre dos SantosCocotas – Groovies
Renan MonteiroCocotas – Groovies
Vinicius FariaCocotas – Groovies
Delano ValentimPolícia – Police
Ed MoneyPolícia – Police
Fabiano GonçalvesPolícia – Police
Felipe PortoPolícia – Police
Francisco MarcosPolícia – Police
Leo GenerosoPolícia – Police
Marcelo António SantosPolícia – Police
Marcelo AraújoPolícia – Police
Marcos VianaPolícia – Police
Maurício FigueirasPolícia – Police
Ricardo LiraPolícia – Police
Ricardo Rocha da SilvaPolícia – Police
Wagner MelloPolícia – Police
Waldeck RoquePolícia – Police
Júlio César SiqueiraAristóteles
Denise FonsecaBa
Adão XalebaradãExu
Edward BoggissGaroto viciado – Addicted Kid
Guti FragaGerente do supermercado – Supermarket Manager
Babu SantanaGrande – Big Boy
Marcello CostaIrmão Mané Galinha – Knockout Ned’s Brother
Marcos CoutinhoIrmão Mané Galinha – Knockout Ned’s Brother
João SoaresJabá
Rafael FonteneleJovem Trabalhador – Young Worker
Rosangela RodriguesMãe Buscapé – Rocket’s Mother
Jota FariasMotorista do DKW – Driver
Mary SheilaMulher do Neguinho – Blacky’s Wife
Gil TorresMulher do Ônibus – Woman on Bus
Paulo LinsPastor da Igreja – Shepherd of the Church
Christian DuurvoortPaulista – Man from São Paulo
Olivia AraújoRecepcionista do Motel – Motel Receptionist
Sérgio ChapelinReporter (archive footage)
Jonnaton JapiassuKid #5
Manuel MachadoSelf (archive footage)
Tulé PeakNewspaper Employee

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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