Best of Brazilian Cinema

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1.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
2.
City of Men (2007)
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Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas. (106 mins.)
Director: Paulo Morelli
 
3.
Last Stop 174 (2008)
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A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000. (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
4.
Elite Squad (2007)
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1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
5.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
6.
Lower City (2005)
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Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered. (98 mins.)
Director: Sérgio Machado
 
7.
Cafundó (2005)
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Cafundó is a 35 mm color film which blends fact with fiction in the life of João de Camargo, a former black slave (1858-1942... (102 mins.)
 
8.
The Unscrupulous Ones (1962)
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This film captures the criminal behavior of two young Copacabana thugs (the "cafajestes"). The two plan a blackmail coup against a rich old man... (100 mins.)
Director: Ruy Guerra
 
9.
Behind the Sun (2001)
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When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families. (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
10.
Bus 174 (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man... (150 mins.)
 
11.
The Man Who Copied (2003)
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André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her... (123 mins.)
Director: Jorge Furtado
 
12.
Santiago (2007 Documentary)
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Documentary about Santiago, a peculiar man who used to work for the director and his parents as a butler... (80 mins.)
 
13.
Central Station (1998)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
14.
VIPs (2010)
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The life of a real conman and one of the biggest frauds in Brazil. (95 mins.)
Director: Toniko Melo
 
15.
Sonhos Roubados (2009)
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Jessica, Sabrina and Daiane have dreams, just like all young people of any social class or place in the world... (85 mins.)
Director: Sandra Werneck
 
16.
Four Days in September (1997)
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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties... (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
17.
Linha de Passe (2008)
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A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams. (113 mins.)
 
18.
Almost Brothers (2004)
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The strange friendship between two men of opposite social classes. Miguel is a senator. His childhood friend Jorge is a major drug-dealer... (102 mins.)
Director: Lúcia Murat
 
19.
The Man of the Year (2003)
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Maiquel has lost a bet and dyed his hair blond. This little event triggers a head-on collision with destiny in which Maiquel goes from nobody to hero to outlaw--all in 24 hours. (105 mins.)
 
20.
The Middle of the World (2003)
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A man and his family travel 3200km (1984 miles) by bicycle, from the State of Paraíba to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in search of a job. (85 mins.)
Director: Vicente Amorim
 
21.
Meu Tio Matou um Cara (2004)
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Boy tries to help his uncle, guilty of a murder case, to prove his innocence. He thinks the uncle has... (87 mins.)
Director: Jorge Furtado
 
22.
Favela Rising (2005 Documentary)
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A man emerges from the slums of Rio to lead the nonviolent cultural movement known as Afro-reggae. (80 mins.)
 
23.
Two Rabbits (2012)
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In São Paulo, the scheme of the corrupt DA Júlia and her mate, the lawyer Henrique with the gangster... (101 mins.)
Director: Afonso Poyart