Set in a not-so-distant future, citizens of a rural Brazilian village must defend their home from sinister forces in this mind-bending, politically charged genre mash-up.
Following up the internationally acclaimed Aquarius (PFF25), enigmatic filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho teams with co-director Juliano Dornelles and doubles down on the political and bizarre in Bacurau. After the psychotropic-fuelled funeral of their village’s matriarch, the mourning citizens of the Brazilian outback town of Bacurau are visited by smarmy regional mayor Tony Junior (Thardelly Lima). Due to the villagers’ overt disinterest in reelecting him, Tony has ramped up the pressure by blocking the only waterway to the isolated town. Yet Bacurau thrives as a rural utopian community filled with a deep, spiritual connection to the land. But when a horrific massacre is discovered at a neighboring farm, the once peaceful citizens begin to understand that something far more malevolent and deadly than simple small-town corruption is afoot. Inspired by the iconoclastic likes of John Carpenter and Sergio Leone, Bacurau features an eclectic ensemble including scene-stealing veterans Sônia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Udo Kier (Blood for Dracula). Mendonça and Dornelles have created a budding cult classic; this genre-bending symphony filled with fury and wonder is sure to have art house and genre fans alike clamoring for more.
CAST: SÔNIA BRAGA, UDO KIER, BARBARA COLEN, THOMAS AQUINO
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