Latin American Institute's pick at the 2008 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha takes another look at the dark underside of life in sunny Brazil, this time creating a full-tilt action thriller that has been leaving controversy in its wake wherever it plays. Elite Squad focuses on three cops, two rookies and their burnt-out captain, as they are drawn into a world of rampant police corruption and Rio's most dangerous gang-controlled neighborhoods. Co-writer Rodrigo Pimentel spent 19 years as a military police officer, and his experience brings a frightening authenticity to Padilha's chilling yet sympathetic portrait of men pushed too far.
CAST: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Janqueira, Milhem Cortaz, Fernando Machado, Maria Ribeiro.
Other Screening: Saturday, June 21, 10:00 p.m., Mann Festival Theatre
Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Los Angeles Film Festival
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