The Brazilian movie industry is currently facing its biggest piracy scandal ever: the highly anticipated Tropa de Elite, directed by José Padilha, was scheduled for a November release this year. However, the director's third cut leaked, and ended up on the hands of street vendors in Rio and São Paulo, who have been selling the DVD for R$ 10 since the middle of August. The movie has also made its way to YouTube, forcing the actual release date to be moved to October 12.
The movie cost a reportedly R$ 10 million, making it one of the most expensive productions in the country to date, and revolves around the Special Operations Police Squad in Rio (expect corruption and violence, and a realistic portray of the police). Tropa de Elite has already been bought by Mr. Weinstein, who plans to submit it to the Sundance Film Festival in January (and is probably not happy with all the DVDs being sold on the streets).
Director José Padilha claims that at this point there is no way of predicting if the bootleg copies will have a major effect on ticket sales, especially considering that version available is not the final cut. From the first 7 minutes up on YouTube I am already convinced to watch it:
This morning three sound technicians from Drei Marc were identified as the ones responsible for leaking the movie, and may face up to four years in jail.
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