Thrill Gala


This brazen Brazilian weird western snatched the Cannes Jury Prize and is coming for your mind next!

Dir-Scr Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Prod Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt, Emilie Lesclaux
With Bárbara Colen, Sônia Braga, Udo Kier, Thomás Aquino
UK Distribution MUBI
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)

A young woman named Teresa travels home for the funeral of her grandmother, who was the matriarch of Bacurau, a village that happily embraces its misfits, mixed-heritage outsiders, whores, hippies and queers. On arrival, Teresa discovers that the dusty little town has been wiped clean off the map by the middle-class elite from the north, who are busy ingratiating themselves, selling their country and its people (quite literally, it turns out) to rich European and American interests. Following Aquarius (LFF 2016), Kleber Mendonça Filho shares directorial credit with long-time collaborator Juliano Dornelles in this stuffed-to-the-gills futuristic parable. Evoking Cinema Novo in its wild imagination and fiery socio-political fury, as well as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Sergio Leone and John Carpenter in its ecstatic stylings, Bacurau is darkly sardonic and pleasurably complex. The filmmakers give just enough scene-to-scene narrative information to keep you leaning forward, wondering where this thing is taking you. If the odd bout of grisly explosive violence is not your bag, be warned. But this will thrill fans searching for wild-hearted ecstatic cinema with political punch.

Tricia Tuttle

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Juliano Dornelles, director; Kleber Mendonça Filho, director; James Turpin, cast; Bárbara Colen, cast.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

This film contains sequences of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

This is a 18+ screening.