Director: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho Run Time: 131 min. Release Year: 2019 Language: Portuguese
Starring: Bárbara Colen, Silvero Pereira, Sônia Braga, Thomas Aquino, Udo Kier
A few years from now… Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrives in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau. Like many great genre films, BACURAU is simultaneously a ferocious social commentary and an exciting thriller.
“Critic’s Pick! Exhilarating. A heart-thumping political allegory that tips its hat to masters like John Carpenter.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“[A] boldly inventive political fantasy… offers a thrillingly imaginative playbook for resistance.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker