November 16, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office] and Variance Films invite you & a guest to a special preview screening of

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Directed by Jose Padilha
Written by Jose Padilha and Braulio Mantovani

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Opens in NY on November 11th, Opens in LA on November 18th.

About Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

The sprawling slum that towers over Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on earth, so
as the head of Rio’s BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion), Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura)
has seen his share of intense situations. When a BOPE mission to stop a jail riot ends in violence,
Nascimento finds his job on the line–and BOPE accused of a massacre by human rights activists. But
a public fed up with the violence and gangs that plague Rio loves it, and Nascimento finds himself
embraced as a hero who gets results. With elections around the corner, he’s promoted to Sub-
Secretary of Intelligence.   
In his powerful new post, Nascimento strengthens BOPE and brings the drug gangs that rule the slum
to their knees–only to come to the sobering realization that by doing so, he’s made things easier for the
corrupt cops and dirty politicians who are truly running the game. After years in the trenches,
Nascimento now finds that his new enemies are much more dangerous and, even worse, sitting at
desks just down the hall.
Since its Brazilian release, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within has become the most popular film of
all time in South America (out-grossing even Avatar).  Not a sequel to the original Elite Squad so
much as a reinvention, this stunning, intense action/drama is a perfect amalgamation of the best parts
of The Departed, City of God, and The Wire.

35mm provided courtesy of Variance Films. Not Rated. Running time: 116 minutes. In Brazilian Portugeuse, with English subtitles.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


Director's Statement

Having come from the documentary world, both Marcos (producer Prado) and I like to bring as much realism to the screen as possible. That said, working on the narrative side brought about luxuries we never enjoyed before. A special effects team, with heavyweight names such as Bruno Van Zeebroeck (TRANSFORMERS), William Boggs (SPIDERMAN) and Keith Woulard (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, INDEPENDENCE DAY and FORREST GUMP) were imported to the set of our movie to offer big-screen realism to the film’s look, feel and vibe, and to make the action sequences as thrilling and intense as possible.
The Bangu 1 penitentiary was rebuilt in great detail in a 1,000 square-meter studio. Master make-up artist Martin Trujillo crafted charred bodies. Cameras were hung from ropes for greater closeness to the action, adding a new dimension to Lula Carvalho’s already striking cinematography. An entire floor of a building in downtown Rio was transformed into the headquarters of the State's Public Security Office, and intense research - headed by consultants Rodrigo Pimentel, state representative Marcelo Freixo and the police precinct captained by police-chief Cla?udio Ferraz - was conducted for almost two years before the screenplay by Bra?ulio Mantovani and myself could even take shape.
We then financed the film using a groundbreaking option to sell shares of the project directly to private
investors, and executed a totally independent distribution and self-release of the film, without intermediaries (and with the backing of Globo Filmes). Our hope was that ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN would perhaps herald a new way to produce and distribute cinema in Brazil- and across the world.
When I directed the first ELITE SQUAD a few years ago, most people knew me as the director of the 2002 documentary, BUS 174. Much to my great surprise, the film was a box office smash despite the fact that over 11 million of my countrymen had watched the film on bootleg videos before it even reached a single theater.
In a way, BUS 174 and ELITE SQUAD have the same premise, in that they both try to show how the State contributes to urban violence by mismanaging institutions that should curb it--including the prison system, reformatories for petty criminals, and the several police departments.  
ES: TEW builds on this same theme, but this time, from a point much closer to the decision and policy-
makers. In this film, I didn't try to simply produce pure entertainment, but to approach a theme that is dear to me without turning away from the plot, taking the spectators' eyes off the action, or pausing for reflection. I tried to make a movie that doesn't make moral inferences for the spectator, that doesn't tell him what to think and when to think, and that doesn't contain deliberately constructed pauses to do so. I tried to make a movie that fights urban violence through its dramaturgy, and not with metaphors or intellectualized statements. I don't believe this is necessarily the best kind of cinema, or the only cinema possible. I just think it is appropriate to the screenplay we wrote, for which our objective was to generate restlessness among the audience, to provide it with an experience that turns into reflection after the movie and not just during its projection.
-- Jose Padilha

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.


Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu