City of Men in September

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of City of Men for 27th September 2004 priced at £19.99. Following the incredible success of Fernando Mereillas' Oscar nominated City of God, Optimum rings you the spin-off TV series that was first aired on television in 2002, drawing a massive 35 million viewers in its native Brazil. All nine episodes from the first and second season will now be available in the UK on a double disc DVD.

City of Men (Cidade dos Homens) takes place in a notorious Rio slum, and was filmed on location using local actors to capture the gritty realism of Brazilian street life. It follows the adventures of two teenage boys Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) and Acerola (Douglas Silva, who played Little Dice in City of God) as they struggle to grow up surrounded by poverty and where the temptation to earn money through the drug trade is a difficult one to resist. The first season is split into four 30 minute episodes, one of which is directed by Fernado Meirellas, and the second season contains a further five 30 minute episodes. City of Men combines a sharp sense of humour with a startlingly grim reality and brings the freshest and most exciting Brazilian talent to the small screen.

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