City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama 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", a proverb analogous to the English "Damned if you do, damned if you don't". Wikipedia
City of God is a member of the following lists: Epic films, Films based on novels, Crime drama films, Films set in the 1960s, Coming-of-age films, Miramax films, Portuguese-language films, Gang films, Films set in the 1970s and Films shot in Super 16.
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