Talk about a present landing out of the blue. Fernando Meirelles dropped a masterpiece in 2003 with City of God, about the troubled neighborhood in Rio, known more for it’s drugs and gang violence than anything else. It was a stirring work and all the success that the movie found was well deserved. Meirelles, of course, went on to direct the equally as uplifting The Constant Gardner, which got Rachel Weisz an Oscar.
Four years later, I’m perusing the Apple trailers section and what do I come across? A movie titled City of Men, which is brought to you by the producers and makers of City of God. Huh. I hadn’t heard anything about this movie, but from what I can gather it’s not really a sequel to the Meirelles masterpiece. This time around it’s being directed by Paulo Morelli. Morelli actually helped create a Brazillian television show that lasted four seasons and that show is the catalyst behind this quasi-sequel.
The good news is that Fernando Meirelles is taking producing duties. And by the looks of the trailer this one should be a doozy. Check out the trailer here.
Official plot: Growing up in a culture dictated by violence and run by street gangs, teenagers Acerola (Douglas Silva) and Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) have become close as brothers. With their eighteenth birthdays fast approaching, Laranjinha sets out to find the father he never met, while Acerola struggles to raise his own young son. But when they suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war, the lifelong friends are forced to confront a shocking secret from their shared past.
City of Men from Miramax Studios hits theaters Jan. 18, 2008