Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles

Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles

Pedro Sotero

Eduardo Serrano

CinemaScópio Produções, Vitrine Filmes, SBS Films, Símio Filmes, arte France Cinéma, Globo Filmes, GNT Globosat, CNC Aide aux cinémas du monde - Institut Français

Udo Kier, Sonia Braga, Barbara Colen, Jonny Mars, Chris Doubek, Karine Teles, Alli Willow, Brian Townes, Antonio Saboia, Silvero Pereira


Brazil, France

132 min.




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 arrive 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.

New waves

Kleber Mendonça Filho
Recife, Brazil 1968
Director, screenwriter, producer and critic

A Brazilian director, scriptwriter, producer, and critic. He studied Journalism at Universidad Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) and began his career as a film critic and journalist writing for various publications and for his own website, CinemaScópio. Mendonça’s work has received over a hundred awards in Brazil and abroad. Some of his works are the short film A Menina do Algodão (The Little Cotton Girl, 2002), codirected with Daniel Bandeira; the documentary feature Crítico (2008); his debut fiction feature, O Som ao Redor (Neighboring Sounds, 2012), which premiered

◊ O som du redor (Neighboring Sounds, 2012) ◊ Aquarius (2016) ◊ Bacurau (2019) ◊ Retratos Fantasmas (Pictures of Ghosts, 2023)


Juliano Dornelles
Recife, Brazil 1980
Director, screenwriter and producer

Born in 1980 in Recife, Brazil, is a Brazilian director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for BACURAU (2019), MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO (2011) and LOJA DE RÉPTEIS (2014, short). His films were nominated for numerous international film festivals. His latest film BACURAU won the Jury Prize of the Cannes Film Festival, together with director Kleber Mendonça Filho.

◊ O Ateliê da Rua do Brum (2016) ◊ Bacurau (2019)

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