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Elite Squad

Friday, February 1, 2013  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, February 2, 2013  >  7 p.m.

Sunday, February 3, 2013  >  2 p.m.
Woodland Theater of Davies Center

Elite Squad is an intense and astonishing look at Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas, the volatile slums on the edge of the city. The film is set in 1997 and presents an intimate look at the city’s vast and intricate web of corruption. Drug trafficking militias have virtual control within the favelas while the police run their criminal enterprises outside. The elite BOPE (State Police Special Operations Battalion) force combats drug trafficking. Keeping order has its price, though, and the elite squad’s actions make it difficult to distinguish right from wrong, justice from revenge. BOPE Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) is facing a crisis: in addition to the pressures of fighting within war zones, he must find and train his own replacement so he can escape the day-to-day violence and be close to his wife who is about to give birth to their first child. Two of the force’s newest recruits, Neto (Caio Junqueira) and Matias (André Ramiro), are childhood friends: one is quick on the trigger to maintain order and the other refuses to compromise his ideals. Together they are the perfect replacement, but alone they may not have what it takes to survive. Director José Padilha (Bus 174) co-wrote the film with Bráulio Mantovani (City of God) and Rodrigo Pimentel, based on accounts from Pimentel’s 19 years as a military police officer and BOPE captain. A sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, followed in 2010.

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


Brazil 2007
115 minutes
Portuguese subtitled in English
Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and drug content
Directed by José Padilha


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