About

Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by the point of view of the narrator, Buscapé. Buscapé was raised in a very violent environment. Despite the feeling that all odds were against him, he finds...

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Written by

Bráulio Mantovani (Screenplay)
Paulo Lins (Screenplay)

Runtime

130 minutes

Country

Brazil

Language

Portuguese

Tagline

If you run you're dead... if you stay, you're dead again. Period.

Cast

Keywords

woman director coming of age photographer brazil ghetto street gang rio de janeiro gang war

Photos

Lists

#20 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#330 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#12 on The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#177 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing Daniel Rezende

Oscar nomination for Best Director Fernando Meirelles

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Bráulio Mantovani

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography César Charlone