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On the eve of her grandmother’s funeral, a young woman returns to her birthplace in Brazil’s backcountry — the vivid, fictional village of Bacurau — to find it’s been quite literally wiped off the map. Faced with dwindling water supplies, widespread bureaucratic corruption and curiously fading cell phone service, Bacurua’s community of outcasts and eccentrics soon find themselves under siege by a group of ruthless corporate mercenaries, sent to ravage the region’s already-scarce resources. A frenetic pastiche of dystopian sci-fi, spaghetti western and exploitation cinema from co-directors Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius) and Juliano Dornelles, Bacurau’s brazen socio-political satire took home the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
“…crams elements of the western, John Carpenter-y beats, mordant wit and peppery political commentary into one hugely entertaining modern exploitation flick.” — Philip De Semlyen, Time Out New York
“Wildly entertaining… I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Simultaneously retro and totally modern, this film looks like a Spaghetti Western but aches with 21st-century rage… BACURAU is a warning, and a cry of populist anger. Like Parasite, it shows the least among us rising up and fighting back against the ruthlessness of global inequality… [they] would make a hell of a double feature.” — Taylor Antrim, Vogue
Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
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