Bacurau | Denver Film Society | Juliano Dornelles | Kleber Mendonça Filho | Brazil


Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho

Cult, Mystery, Thriller

Portuguese, EnglishEnglish SubtitlesBrazil2019131 min


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The remote Brazilian village of Bacurau is under siege from the start of this thriller. The nearby river has been dammed by venal politicians, so the town’s lone tanker must travel miles upstream to gather water. Its 94-year-old matriarch dies. And then things really take a turn toward the bizarre: Bacurau mysteriously disappears from satellite maps, cellphone coverage breaks down, and a mysterious band of foreigners led by Michael (Udo Kier) arrives with its own violent agenda.

But the quirky locals prove unexpectedly resilient in their battle against the darkly humorous outsiders, thickening a plot that blends surrealism and social commentary while evoking old spaghetti Westerns and horror movies. The result won co-writers and -directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles a Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Sponsored by Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media

Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd, Emilie Lesclaux, Michel Merkt | Editor: Eduardo Serrano | Cinematographer: Pedro Sotero | Screenwriter: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Cast: Udo Kier, Sônia Braga, Karine Teles, Alli Willow, Chris Doubek, Jonny Mars
Additional Countries: France