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Insider knowledge, essential details, and first-hand tips on filming in Brazil.

Filmed in Brazil

  • City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film co-directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. The film was shot throughout Rio de Janeiro.
  • Moonraker (1979) is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Sugarloaf Mountain was a prominent location in the film, and during filming of the cable car sequence in which Bond and Goodhead are attacked by Jaws during mid-air transportation high above Rio de Janeiro.
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is a 2011 American romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. Filming took place on location in Rio de Janeiro and Paraty.
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. Shots were filmed of Brazil's and Argentina's Iguazu Falls.
  • The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone, who also starred in the lead role. Principal photography began in Rio de Janeiro and other locations in Brazil, including Mangaratiba, Niteroi, Guanabara Bay, Colônia Juliano Moreira, and Parque Lage.
  • The Mission is a 1986 British drama film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America. Filming took places in the Iguaçu Falls, Iguaçu River, and Paraná River.
  • Trash is a 2014 Brazilian-British adventure drama thriller film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Richard Curtis,based on Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel of same name. Principal photography began in Rio de Janeiro.

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