A feature documentary we first alerted you to 3 years ago, is scheduled to screen at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, which kicks off in 2 days – February 5 – and runs through the 16th.
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the young actors in Fernando Meirelles’ and Kátia Lund’s 2002 Brazilian crime drama “Cidade de Deus” (or “City Of God”), here’s a film that should satisfy your curiosity.
Titled “Cidade De Deus – 10 Anos Depois” (“City Of God – 10 Years Later”), the documentary shows what exactly has changed in the lives of the actors from the 2002 feature film.
According to the film’s description, 10 years after the Rio de Janeiro slum burst into the world’s consciousness with the hit film of the same name, very little has changed for the residents as well as the actors, who have enjoyed mixed fortunes. We’ll learn all about those “mixed fortunes” in the film – like Leandro Firmino who played Li’l Ze, and who still lives in the favela, and shows few signs of the fame he achieved back in the earlier years of this century, when the film was all-the-rage – now 35 and father to a 21-month-old boy.
On the other hand, Alice Braga has made a more successful crossover to Hollywood movie-making, co-starring in blockbusters like “I Am Legend” opposite Will Smith, “Redbelt” opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, and most recently, “Elysium” opposite Matt Damon. She was also in “Predators,” “Repo Men” and more.
The original film, telling a story of the evolution of organized crime over 2 decades, became an instant classic in the USA. It was adapted from a 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins, with the plot based loosely on real-life events.
The cast also included Alexandre Rodrigues, Jonathan Haagensen, Douglas Silva, and Seu Jorge.
Most of the actors were recruited directly from the favelas in which the film’s story unfolds.
In the end, it received 4 Oscar nominations in 2004: Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.
It gave birth to a TV series titled “City of Men,” and a filmed version of that, also called “City of Men.”
LA readers, here’s an opportunity to catch up with the stars of the film, a decade later, in “City Of God – 10 Years Later,” when it screens, starting this week, at the PAFF in LA. Screening times are: Friday, February 6 @ 1:15pm; Sunday, February 8 @ 9:45pm; Friday, February 13 @ 3:45pm
Here’s a trailer for the film: