El Cine & La Reyna recently presented a special screening of upcoming Brazilian film, BACURAU at Los Feliz 3 Theaters. BACURAU is a thoroughly entertaining genre-blurring film co-directed by noted filmmakers Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles. The film is part grind-house, part political drama, part psychedelic western and one hundred percent engrossing. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and won the Jury Prize.
The synopsis of the film…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.
BACURAU is delightfully demented, fantastically blood-splattered yet also uniquely endearing and thoughtful. There are touches of Carpenter, Leone, Corbucci, and George Miller throughout the film and of course, there is Udo Kier playing a depraved gun-happy mercenary reminding us why we love Udo Kier so much. The film opens in limited markets on March 13th, 2020, which appropriately happens to fall on Friday the 13th. In the Los Angeles area check out BACURAU at the NUART (11272 Santa Monica Blvd) starting March 13th, 2020 and then at the Lumiere Cinema at the Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Blvd) beginning March 20th, 2020.
Starring: Alli Willow, Antonio Saboia, Barbara Colen, Brian Townes, Carlos Francisco, Chris Doubek, Jonny Mars, Julia Marie Peterson, Karine Teles, Luciana Souza, Rubens Santos, Silvero Pereira, Sônia Braga, Thardelly Lima, Thomas Aquino, Udo Kier, Wilson Rabelo
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 131 min