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Paramount, Zazen team for two

2 October 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paramount Picures has signed a co-production deal with Brazil's Zazen Prods. for two films, "Paraisos Artifciais" and "Nunca Antes na Historia deste Pais," to be shot in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

The films will be directed by Zazen partners Jose Padhila and Marcos Prado.

Paramount Pictures Brazil and Paramount Home Entertainment Brazil will manage the deal, which was announced Thursday at the Rio Film Festival. »

- By Hy Hollinger

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2008 Fall/Holiday Preview: #20. Elite Squad (Tropa De Elite)

4 September 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- #20. Elite SquadDirector/Writer: José Padilha and written by Padilha, Bráulio Mantovani and Rodrigo Pimentel  Producers: Padilha and Marcos Prado (Bus 174).Distributor: IFC First Take The Gist: Based on the book by André Batista, Rodrigo Pimentel and Luiz Eduardo Soares, the movie, set in 1997, depicts the story of Captain Nascimento, a Bope captain, who with the imminent birth of his first child, is determined to leave the battalion and find a safer position for the sake of his family, but first he must find a suitable replacement for him. At the same time, the movie focuses on two childhood friends, Matias and Neto, who become cadets in the military police, but become dismayed at the corruption surrounding them. Eventually, both Nascimento and the cadets' paths intersect, when the captain hopes that one of the two may become the substitute he is eager to find, as both decide to join the Bope. »

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The Elite Squad

12 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »


BERLIN -- In Jose Padilha's crude and violent film The Elite Squad, the pope is visiting Rio de Janeiro and he needs a good night's sleep, so the local police commander sends his crack troops into the closest slum to kill everybody.

Well, not everybody, but all the drug-dealing scum his specially trained officers can find and by any means possible, preferably a high-powered rifle. It means there will be blood and lots of it, all captured by a dizzying hand-held camera racing through some of the worst cases of urban blight on the planet.

Poorly structured and at times incoherent, what boxoffice appeal the film has will rely on its sheer pace and the amount of torture and killing that goes on, so it should do fine.

The basic assumption of the script by Padilha, Rodrigo Pimentel and Braulio Mantovaniis that everyone in Rio is corrupt, especially the authorities. Policemen accept bribes for whatever pays the most: do their jobs or turn a blind eye. They even steal the engines from their own squad cars, sell them and put a piece of junk under the hood instead.

Capt. Nascimento (Wagner Moura) is a cop with integrity, but it's driving him crazy as he risks his life daily battling bad guys in and out of uniform. Plus he has a pregnant wife at home who wishes he would quit.

He's trying hard to accommodate her wish, but he needs to find a replacement to take over command of the elite squad. Since everyone else has been compromised he settles on two rookies who have been best friends since childhood, the brave but hair-triggered Neto (Caio Junqueira) and the cautious but shrewd Matias (Andre Ramiro).

For some reason their work involves getting second jobs so that Neto works at the police auto shop while Matias goes to law school. Neto's commitment leads him to devise a way of intercepting payoffs drug dealers make to the local commander and using the money to supply the squad cars with desperately needed new parts.

Matias hides the fact that he's a cop from the other students, including pretty Maria Fernanda Machado) and takes no action when they fire up joints.

Both situations lead to dangerous complications, though the story is told in a confusing mix of time-shifting flashbacks, and at the end there's still no sign of the pope.

Before they can join the elite squad, however, Neto and Matias have to make it through an odd sort of training camp that involves ritual humiliation. Then, they're handed high-powered rifles and sent into the slums to kill everybody.

Well, not everybody.


The Weinstein Co.


Director: Jose Padilha

Screenwriters: Jose Padilha, Rodrigo Pimentel, Braulio Mantovani

Producers: Marcos Prado, Jose Padilha

Executive producers: Maria Clara Ferreira, Bia Castro, Genna Terranova, Eduardo Constantini

Director of photography: Lula Carvalho

Production designer: Tule Peake

Music: Pedro Bromfman

Co-producers: Eliana Soarez, James D'Arcy

Costume designer: Claudia Kopke

Editor: Daniel Rezende


Capt. Nascimento: Wagner Moura

Matias: Andre Ramiro

Neto: Caio Junqueira

Capt. Fabio: Milhem Cortaz

Maria: Fernanda Machado

Rosane: Maria Ribeiro

Edu: Paulo Vilela

Roberta: Fernanda de Freitas

Rodrigues: Andre Mauro

Baino: Fabio Lago

Running time -- 118 minutes

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