After its success in Brazil and the rest of the world, Nothing to Lose 2 premiered on 19 October in cinemas in the UK. With all screenings fully packed, fans wearing custom themed t-shirts could see how the story progressed from where the first instalment had left them. Some people even travelled hours to go to London and be a part of the event.
It is estimated that close to 10,000 people flocked to cinemas all over the UK to follow up on the film that narrates the life of the life of Bishop Edir Macedo, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG). In order to include as many people as possible in the event, the screenings were featured in the film’s original language, Portuguese, as well as in English and Spanish.
In one of the largest shopping centres in London, Westfield White City, fans had a pleasant surprise when the leading actor who portrays Bishop Macedo, Petrônio Gontijo, was waiting outside to meet them.
‘The people are very happy to see Nothing to Lose 2, because it talks about overcoming adversities and difficulties. So, this has been a tonic for me in all of the places that I have been throughout this promotional excursion,’ said the actor.
At the end of each session, all you could hear were discussions of which part the fans liked the most and how the film moved them. The film narrates the sequence of events in Bishop Edir Macedo’s life when the UCKG gained a more prominent status in Brazilian society. Although the church was facing its worst moments of persecution and slander, it still managed to overcome its difficulties through the power of faith. It is a story that can inspire anyone, since everyone faces difficult moments in life and the film shows how it is possible to overcome such challenges through faith.
Nothing to Lose 2 continues where the first film ended, namely when the bishop left prison in 1992, and follows his journey up until the inauguration of the Temple of Solomon in São Paulo in 2014.
The first instalment of Nothing to Lose became the most-viewed film in the history of Brazilian cinema, selling close to 11.5 million tickets countrywide. It also has had the most prominent international launch for a Brazilian film, being shown in 83 countries, and is available on Netflix.