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This crazy, inventive, witty Brazilian Western with a sci-fi twist is unlike anything you will have seen. Teresa travels home for the funeral of her grandmother in Bacurau, a fictional village in the sertão (North Brazilian outback) that celebrates its misfit inhabitants. But on her arrival, she finds it beset by a series of sinister events that suggests a systematic attempt to wipe the village from the map. The film’s wild-hearted fury and extreme violence is clearly a cinematic riff on the work of directors like Alejandro Jodorowsky and Sergio Leone. But it’s also no doubt a retort to the election of far- right president Jair Bolsonaro. Hallucinatory and formally thrilling, Bacurau is an utterly distinctive experience.
“The combination of satire and savagery is pretty fierce and intriguingly unique.” Daily Telegraph
“utterly distinctive film-making, executed with ruthless clarity and force.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Winner of the Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival 2019