Fernando Meirelles’ ‘CITY OF GOD’ to return to cinemas for its 21st anniversary

The Festival Agency have announced the release of Fernando Meirelles’ iconic masterpiece, CITY OF GOD, which will be released back in UK cinemas from 23 February 2024 to celebrate the film’s 21st anniversary.

Twenty-one years after dazzling audiences on its original release, this visually stunning and gripping story of life on the mean streets of Rio, returns to the big screen for an unforgettable cinematic experience.

A searing adaptation of Paulo Lins’ novel, based on real events, CITY OF GOD weaves together the compelling stories of a group of kids growing up in the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio from the 1960s to the 80s.



The narrator Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues), tries to avoid being drawn in to the usual spiral of violence and crime to become a photographer and win over the beautiful Angélica (Alicia Braga), whilst gun-toting L’il Zé (Leandro Firmino) with charismatic best friend Bené (Phellipe Haagensen) becomes the brutal crime boss of the city, wiping out rival gangs without remorse. When crack shot Knockout Ned (singer/actor Seu Jorge) is dragged into the fray, the vicious turf war between the last two remaining gangs reaches boiling point.

César Charlone’s mesmerising cinematography captures the kinetic energy and chaos of the environment and the intense, visceral performances of the cast, mostly non-actors drawn from Rio’s favelas, vibrate with authenticity.  The inventive cross cutting and rhythmic editing from Daniel Rezende (winner of a BAFTA for his work on the film) keeps the full-throttle pace of the action exhilarating from beginning to end, enhanced by the pulsing soundtrack of soul, samba and funk and the original score by Brazilian composers Antonio Pinto and Ed Côrtes.



To celebrate the UK and international re-release of the film in cinemas, a limited-edition City of God Capsule skate collection has been created, a unique collaboration between renowned skate brand Clown Skateboards and London-based creative agency AllCity in partnership with In Action for Charitable Community Initiatives in Brazil.  Available at select skate stores from February 2024. CLICK HERE for more information.

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