115 minutes, U.K.-Brazil, 2014, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

This film was released on Friday 1st February 2015 and is no longer screening.

Fourteen-year-old Raphael Fernandez is one of many favela dwelling kids trying to make a living by foraging in the landfills around Rio. He fortuitously finds a wallet containing a wad of cash in amongst the rubbish, though he is immediately intrigued by its other contents; photos of a little girl and the key to a locker at a train station. Raphael’s curiosity is peaked when untrustworthy cops start sniffing around, desperate to uncover the wallet. Roping in his best friend Gardo and a local homeless kid called Rato, Raphael leads the trio on a mission to solve the mystery his discovery has thrown up.

With an incisive script by Richard Curtis, a committed energy, and heart-pounding tension, Trash combines genuine thrills with sincere social concerns. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen feature to support a terrific young cast who had no previous acting experience before appearing here. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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