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City of God Single Film Study

jclarke | Wednesday November 28, 2018

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Katia Lund, Fernando Meirelles, World Cinema, City of God, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama

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Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

For this component, learners must study:

  • two non - English language films, one European and one from outside Europe (two - film study)
  • one documentary film
  • one film option from a 1920s silent film movement
  • one film option from an experimental film movement

Section A: Global Film (two-film study)

Group 1: European film

  • Life is Beautiful (Benigni, Italy, 1997)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006) live!
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Schnabel, France, 2007) live!
  • Ida (Pawlikowski, Poland, 2013)
  • Mustang (Erguven, France/Turkey, 2015)
  • Victoria (Schipper, Germany, 2015)

Group 2: Outside Europe

  • Dil Se (Ratnam, India, 1998)
  • City of God (Meirelles, Brazil, 2002)
  • House of Flying Daggers (Zhang, China, 2004) live!
  • Timbuktu (Sissako, Mauritania, 2014)
  • Wild Tales (Szifron, Argentina, 2014)
  • Taxi Tehran (Panahi, Iran, 2015)


Cinema is always evolving and it’s an exciting process to witness, to explore and to understand. A film such as City of God is just one example of many notable films that have gone quite some way in transcending its original moment of release to become something of a landmark in contemporary cinema; in this instance contributing significantly to the broadening of non-Hollywood cinema’s reach. The film’s title City of God refers to the favela (slum) located in the Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro

City of God works as a crime movie and it’s a film that’s suffused with a specific sense of time and place. Certainly, the film might yield interesting discussion in class to consider this film in relation to another film...

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