This month The Movie Channel brings you one of the finest movies ever made. From the Director who brought us The Constant Gardener comes Fernando Meirelles' stunning directorial debut City of God showing on Wednesday, August 30th at 21:00 KSA (22:00 UAE). Like a bomb exploding in a fireworks factory the film welcomes you to the world’s most notorious slum: Rio de Janeiro’s City of God (Cidade de Deus): a place where combat photographers fear to tread, where Police rarely go, and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. City of God is the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out.
The movie is adapted from the novel by Paulo Lins, who grew up in the Cidade de Deus and based the story on actual events and characters. The title takes its name from a housing project outside Rio de Janeiro so dangerous that the devil might think twice about visiting. Cidade de Deus was always roiling with the restlessness of poverty. But beginning in the 1970s, gang rule and drug dealing, enforced by gun-waving kids and teenagers, turned the area into a subdivision of hell.
The central character and narrator is Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues), an aspiring photographer straight from the projects and clearly represents the author Lins. Rocket is the younger brother of one of the area's '60s gang leaders, and he observes the action rather than participates in it - but the action unfolds around him plentifully, 24/7.
The cast included 110 kids who were residents of favelas such as Vidigal and the Cidade de Deus and had never acted before each one telling a different, interlocking story and each one unforgettable. The film lives a reality that is very close to the children’s own, making the veracity of their performance sometimes reminiscent of a documentary which makes City of God so undeniably powerful, shocking and truly enthralling to all audiences.
“Films like City of God are a wake up call that something must change. Yet the only answer it finds is the most daunting question – “How?” Filmcritic
“The film is seductive, disturbing, enthralling – a trip to hell that gives the passengers a great ride.” Time
“Shocking, frightening, thrilling and funny, "City of God" has the substance to match its lashings of style. Cinema doesn't get more exhilarating than this!” BBC
“Sometimes a movie comes along that just floors you, its images burn so deeply.” Rolling Stone
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