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Bacurau

Directed by: Juliano Dornelles & Kleber Mendonça Filho | 2019 | 2h 12m | Unrated | In English and Portuguese w/ English subtitles

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Bacurau is a wild, weird, and politically charged revisionist western.

Set in the near future, Teresa (Bárbara Colen), comes home to Bacurau, a village in Brazil’s semi-arid sertão, to attend her mother’s funeral. Upon her arrival, Teresa immediately observes signs that Bacurau is in dire straits. Basic amenities are in short supply, mobile-phone coverage is fading, and the truck that brings potable water arrives riddled with bullet holes.

It soon becomes apparent that the government has forsaken the village completely: not only has Bacurau been literally erased from the map, but its citizens have also been sold as prey for a safari of bloodthirsty foreign hunters (with their leader played by cult-cinema legend Udo Kier). As the killers close in, the villagers prepare a formidable organized resistance, with a locally sourced psychotropic drug as their secret weapon.

BACURAU brims with memorable performances from Colen, the iconic Brazilian screen siren Sonia Braga and of course from the inimitable Kier. With the expert lensing of cinematographer Pedro Sotero, the filmmaker deploy a battery of sudden zooms and horizontal wipes that recall spaghetti westerns, science-fiction, and siege movies. BACURAU is both an inspired genre hybrid and a gonzo parable about the long, dark, lingering shadows of colonialism.

“Critic’s Pick! Exhilarating. A heart-thumping political allegory that tips its hat to masters like John Carpenter.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

“A perfect blend of blistering social commentary and illicit genre-flick thrills.”
– ROLLING STONE

“[A] boldly inventive political fantasy… offers a thrillingly imaginative playbook for resistance.”
– THE NEW YORKER

“A gloriously demented (and lightly psychedelic) Western.”
– INDIEWIRE

“A genre-busting entertainment that is at once a portrait of a community, a horror thriller and a timely piece of political filmmaking. Bacurau is one of those movies like Parasite… where you’re never quite sure which way it’s heading.”
– NPR