Latin American Film Festival at University of Louisville
Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Julian Dornelles
“A perfect blend of blistering social commentary and illicit genre-flick thrills.”—David Fear, Rolling Stone
Set a few years in the future, 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. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. 2019, Brazil/France, in English and Portuguese with English subtitles, 131 minutes.
Co-presented with the Latin American Film Festival at University of Louisville.
CINEMA+ Introduced by a Latin American Film Festival Director Manuel Medina and followed by a post-screening discussion.