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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Resist Revolt Reform
¡Viva el Cine!
Running Time:131 min.
Director:Kleber Mendonça Filho
Juliano Dornelles
Producer:Saïd Ben Saïd
Emilie Lesclaux
Michel Merkt
Screenwriter:Kleber Mendonça Filho
Juliano Dornelles
Cinematographer:Pedro Sotero
Editor:Eduardo Serrano
Cast:Sônia Braga
Udo Kier
Bárbara Colen
Thomas Aquino
Alli Willow
Chris Doubek
Jonny Mars
Print Source:Kino Lorber
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


Esta mezcla febril de sci-fi, western y sátira política ofrece comentarios sorprendentes sobre la cambiante fortuna política de Brasil. Protagonizada por Sonia Braga y Udo Kier, Bacurau narra los extraños sucesos dentro de una comunidad rural, presentando un retrato de un mundo en peligro por la corrupción y la codicia en nombre del llamado "progreso".

A feverish mixture of thriller, science fiction, western, and political satire, Bacurau is, above all, an angry commentary on Brazil’s shifting political fortunes—albeit one that makes room for Spandau Ballet tunes. Co-directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius, MVFF 2016) and Juliano Dornelles, the movie chronicles the surreal happenings that occur in a small rural town—which has vanished from GPS, an indication of the off-the-map peculiarity that follows. This ensemble piece, featuring everyone from Aquarius star Sônia Braga to genre legend Udo Kier, begins as a lament for a community cut off from society but soon morphs into a life-or-death struggle, pitting greedy outsiders against fiercely determined locals. The clash of tones and styles electrifies, but what ties this Cannes Jury Prize winner together is its sense of outrage: at globalization, at those who try to erase indigenous peoples, at an encroaching modern world that too often destroys everything in its path in the name of so-called "progress."


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Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in Recife, Brazil. He holds a degree in journalism from Recife's Federal University of Pernambuco and began his career as a film critic. His filmography includes the feature documentary Crítico (2008) and the fiction features Neighbouring Sounds (2013) and Aquarius (2016).

Juliano Dornelles was born in Recife, Brazil. He has written and directed the short Mens Sana in Corpore Sano (2011) and the feature O Ateliê da Rua do Brum (2016). He was a production designer on Kleber Mendonça Filho's first two features, Neighbouring Sounds (2013) and Aquarius (2016).