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Bus 174

José Padilha & Felipe Lacerda / Brésil / 2002 / 119 ' / Portuguese / S.T. Anglais


Felipe Lacerda
José Padilha
Marcelo 'Guru' Duarte & Cezar Moraes
Sacha Amback
João Nabuco
José Padilha, Marcos Prado & Rodrigo Pimentel

Awards & Festivals

2002 Winner, São Paulo International Film Festival, Best Documentary
2002 Winner, Rotterdam International Film Festival
2002 Amnesty International - DOEN Award - Special Mention
2002 Winner, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Best Brazilian Film
2003 Winner, Munich Film Festival, One Future Prize
2003 Winner, International Documentary Association, Video Source Award
2003 Winner, Havana Film Festival, Grand Coral - First Prize
2003 Winner, Havana Film Festival, Memoria Documentary Award
2003 Winner, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
2003 Nominated, Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Best Documentary
2003 Nominated, Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Best Editing
2003 Nominated, Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Best Screenplay, Original
2003 Nominated, Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Best Sound
2003 Winner, CPH:DOX, Amnesty Award
2004 Nominated, Directors Guild of America, USA, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

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Intimate and sober doc on the hijacking of a public bus in Rio, Brazil in 2001


BUS 174 is a careful investigation of the hijack of a bus in Rio, based on an extensive research of stock footage, interviews and official documents. The hijack took place in June 12, 2000 (Valentines day in Brazil) and was broadcast live for 4 and a half hours. The whole country stopped to watch the drama on TV. The film tells 2 parallel stories. Not only does it explain the dramatic events that unfolded as the police tried, and failed, to handle the hijack situation; but it also tells the amazing life story of the hijacker, revealing how a typical Rio de Janeiro street kid was transformed into a violent criminal because society systematically denied him any kind of social existence. Both stories are interwoven in a such a way that they end up explaining why Brazil, and other countries with similar social and economic problems, are so violent.