Brazil's Oscar entry is as brutishly realistic as the slums that inspire it.
First-time director Fernando Meirelles' “City of God,” premiering in Geneva at the Smith Opera House on June 5, opens with an absconding chicken, hot-footing it through a Rio de Janeiro slum, chased by a pack of gun-wielding teens firing off salvos with abandon.
“City of God” will be screened at 7 p.m. on June 5, 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. on June 8.
This film is rated R for strong, brutal violence, sexuality, drug content and language. In Portuguese with English subtitles, its running time is 2 hours, 10 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seats on Thursday are $3.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.