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Miramax believes in ‘God’ and then ‘Men’

For fans of the 2002 release Cidade De Deus (City of God) this is a very exciting week. Miramax Films has announced their purchase of the rights for the 2007 follow-up, City of Men.

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For fans of the 2002 release Cidade De Deus (City of God) this is a very exciting week. Miramax Films has announced their purchase of the rights for the 2007 follow-up, City of Men.

Unfortunaley for those hoping to see more of Rocket and Lil Ze, City of Men is not a sequel. The film is based on the characters of the Sundance Channel’s “City of Men” show. While in the same setting, the film follows a different side of Brazilian life, but will still examine the same issues of survival, politics and loyalty. Paulo Morelli, director of some of the episodes, will helm this feature; Fernando Mereilles, director of Cidade De Deus, will produce.

The question is – will City of Men will live up to City of God’s reputation? With four Oscar nominations to compete with, hopefully City of Men will be worth the five year wait.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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