One of my ten favourite movies released in 2002 is City of God, the Brazilian crime drama directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund. The story was adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins, with a plot loosely based on real events. It depicts the shocking and disturbing, but always compelling look at life in the slums of Cidade de Deus, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s, with the closure of the film depicting the war between the drug dealer Li’l Zé and criminal Knockout Ned. City of God is a harsh, visceral experience and an honest look a the spiral of violence that draws kids into a life of crime. Recently, the New York based company FAMP Art, chose City of God to kick off its new endeavour, and hired artist Dan Norris to create the following poster art. Here’s the official press release via SlashFilm:
- Based in New York, FAMP Art is a company that specializes in creating officially licensed, limited edition screen printed posters of foreign films, pre-1980s classics and a few random goodies here and there of things we simply love. A business years in the making, FAMP Art was founded to bridge the gap between pop culture art and art-house cinema, focusing on films that don’t get much love in the art world but are praised in the world of cinema (and that we ourselves are passionate about). Our goal is to fuse two different worlds through the glory of awesome and beautiful art prints.
- To celebrate the launch of the business and the completion of the world cup in Brazil earlier this summer, FAMP Art will be releasing its debut prints for one of the finest foreign films ever made, the Oscar© nominated City of God. The art was designed by Dan Norris, a UK-based artist known for his gritty and minimalist takes on popular films, a perfect candidate to tackle Fernando Meirelles’ striking piece of cinema.
- Two prints of the film, both of which measure 18”x24” and were printed by Seizure Palace, will be made available through the FAMP Art website on September 3rd at a random time. The regular version (Yellow) will have a run 177 and will cost $40. The Brazilian colour variant (green) will have a run of 77 and cost $50. There will be a limit of one per person per household. Be sure to follow FAMP Art on Twitter, Facebook or sign up for the newsletter by registering on our site to find out exactly when the prints go on sale.
The officially licensed posters will go on sale at a random time September 3 by following FAMP Art on social media. The regular yellow version will have a run 177 and will cost $40. The Brazilian colour variant (green) will have a run of 77 and cost $50. Each is 18 x 24.