TT Cinema: City of God Screening

May 7th

The first screening of May looks set to be a corker, as we put on Fernando Meirelles’ sweeping, Oscar-nominated tale of crime, poverty, and love in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro – City of God.

Though the narrative skips around in time, the main focus is on Cabeleira who formed a gang called the Tender Trio. He and his best friend, Bené, become crime lords over the course of a decade.

When Bené is killed before he can retire, Lil’ Zé attempts to take out his arch enemy, Sandro Cenoura. But Sandro and a young gangster named Mane form an alliance and begin a gang war with Lil’ Zé. Meanwhile, amateur photographer Buscape documents the brutal crime war, making their story famous.

Upon it’s release in 2002, City of God was met with near-universal critical acclaim and swept up numerous awards. It also left a profound legacy on Brazil, and the image of the favela.

It inspired a spike in production shootings, with over 45 being done in 2002 alone, increasing awareness of the more poverty-stricken areas of Rio, placing it firmly in the public eye to the extent that it became the basis of debates in the Brazilian Parliament. There was even a follow-up documentary charting the journey of the young cast in the years following the film.

Thought-provoking and entertaining in equal measure, City of God is a must-see in most film fans’ books. As always we’ll sort the liquid refreshments and there’ll be free popcorn provided by the good people at PROPERCORN.

Tickets are £15 for the one, or £20 for a pair when using the code ‘deus’ at checkout. Complimentary cocktail included as tradition dictates.

FORMAT:

Arrival – Attendees will arrive through the doors of our liquor store at 6:30pm to allow time for them to settle in and purchase any beer, wine, or other refreshments they like. Alternatively, guests can make their way down into our Cellar Bar to receive their complimentary cocktail for the night.

Screening – Then, guests will be invited upstairs to our new 52-seater cinema room, where at 7pm sharp the film will begin.

Afters – After the show, attendees will be invited back down to the Cellar Bar, where you can drink, discuss, and continue your evening. Reservations recommended, although not mandatory.

Call 02031 313 490 or contact form

"The City of God was divided. You couldn't go from one section the other, not even to visit a relative. The cops considered anyone living in the slum a hoodlum. People got used to living in Vietnam, and more and more volunteers signed up to die."