City of Men

genre Drama
director paulo morelli
producers fernando meirelles, andrea barata ribeiro, bel berlinck, paulo morelli for o2, in co-production with globo filmes and fox films do brazil
cast douglas silva, darlan cunha
country brazil (portuguese)
production status Completed
running time 106min
year 2008
us distribution Miramax
uk distribution Miramax

“a touching coming-of-age story. beautifully played moments. superb cinematography”
Screen International

“powerful. breathtaking”
LA Times

“gritty and suspenseful. a bracing jolt of energy”
Film Journal

City of Men

an unforgettable tale of friendship and survival in a city where the greatest challenge is growing up


Producer Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener) returns to the Brazilian favelas of his OscarĀ®-nominated film, City of God. Released by Miramax in North America and the UK.

Growing up in a culture dictated by violence and run by street gangs, teenagers Acerola and Laranjinha have become as 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 Movie Film Still 01
City of Men Movie Film Still 01