Director: Fernando Mereilles

130 mins, Brazil-France, 2002, Crime/Drama, English Subtitles

The 1990s’ revival of Brazilian cinema, forefronted by Walter Salles, was characterised particularly by his drama, Central Station. Then in 2002 this film exploded onto screens. With its gritty account of drugtaking, gangs and violence among young men, director Fernando Mereilles flew in the face of producers’ concerns regarding controversial material, offering instead an enormously authentic and memorable account of favela life.

Focusing on Fernando Mereille’s City of God, Dr. Mariano Paz will look at the impact of this film on Brazilian cinema and on arthouse cinema in other parts of the world. She will discuss Mereille’s difficult depiction of favela life and other previously unpopular themes. Paz will talk about the film in the context of Brazilian film history.   

This event is taking place as part of the IFI Evening Course, South Facing (Tuesdays, October 7th – November 11th). Full course price: €65 (€60 concessions), including tea/coffee. Please book your place by calling Sharon Corrigan on 01 679 5744 or emailing scorrigan@irishfilm.ie (individual tickets for films on this Course are not available.)

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