"If you run, the beast will get you. If you stay, the beast will eat you."
This Brazilian film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, is part memoir, part avant-garde eye candy, part gangster flick, and thoroughly original. Set in the slums of Rio de Janiero, City of God chronicles the rise of gangsters Zé Pequeno and Bené, as seen through the eyes of Buscapé, a boy with dreams of becoming a photographer.
“‘City of God' churns with furious energy as it plunges into the story of the slum gangs of Rio de Janeiro. Breathtaking and terrifying, urgently involved with its characters, it announces a new director of great gifts and passions: Fernando Meirelles. Remember the name." – Roger Ebert