Directed by Hector Babenco

The director of PIXOTE and KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN returns with an extraordinary portrait of life in San Paolo’s notorious prison of the same name. CARANDIRU was a huge hit in Brazil, outselling even CITY OF GOD. Based on a bestseller, the film reveals a grim setting crammed with all sorts of characters, from macho lover to super-glam transvestite, a community both fraught with dangers and rife with laughter. Linked by a prison doctor, the inmates tell their stories, with a hint of telenovela, and a surprising joyfulness peeking through. But the mood changes abruptly for the final scenes.“Hugely energetic and masterfully directed, CARANDIRU is a passionate epic and enthralling piece of storytelling.” London Film Festival catalogue

148 minutes

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