Elite Squad 2

Director: José Padilha
Screenwriters: Bráulio Mantovani

Institute History

  • 2011 Sundance Film Festival


Filmmaker José Padilha first came to the Sundance Film Festival as a producer on The Charcoal People (2000), then returned as director of Bus 174 (2003) and Secrets of the Tribe (2010). After winning acclaim in both fiction and nonfiction filmmaking, he is back as a juror for our World Cinema Documentary Competition, and we welcome him proudly.
More than a decade after waging urban war on the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento remains the controversial head of BOPE, the special-forces military police. Government officials hope to weaken the rash, but publically adored, officer by taking him off the streets and giving him a desk job in the State Department. Never one to fall in line, a maturing Nascimento must adapt his old tactics to a new position and a new enemy.
In this viscerally charged ride, José Padilha adeptly avoids the typical pitfalls of sequels by examining new themes of politics and corruption.

— Charlie Reff

Screening Details

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