We’ve been working with Kino Lorber, the distributor of BACURAU, to come up with a method that makes it possible for you to see the film during its theatrical release phase — and at the same time, support the Belcourt at this time. BACURAU will not be available for public rental or sale for several months, but on Fri, Mar 27, we’re making it accessible to you for home viewing. For $12, you can purchase a ticket for BACURAU — and you’ll have a five-day pass to see it once you’ve purchased. (*Note: After clicking the purchase button, you’ll need to register for Kino Now in the pop-up window.) Kino Lorber will share a portion of your ticket payment with the Belcourt. Please note that this arrangement, in these unprecedented times, means we’re unable to offer member pricing. Thanks for your understanding and for your support. And if you’d like to consider an additional donation to the Belcourt, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here. Note: BACURAU is watchable on your computer, tablet, mobile device, or on the Kino Now app on Roku or AppleTV.
A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian outback, the Sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their village has literally vanished from most maps and a UFO-shaped drone starts flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, a band of armed mercenaries led by an aging German named Michael (played 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.
BACURAU brims with memorable performances from Bárbara Colen and Sônia Braga—who played the same character at different ages in Mendonça Filho’s AQUARIUS—and of course from the inimitable Kier. The filmmakers deploy a battery of sudden zooms and horizontal wipes that recall spaghetti westerns, science-fiction, and siege movies. BACURAU is both an inspired genre hybrid and a gonzo parable about the long, dark, lingering shadows of colonialism.
BACURAU was awarded the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
“A paranoid revenge western…beginning in a kind of ethno-anthropology and documentary style, becoming a poisoned-herd parable or fever dream and then a Jacobean-style bloodbath. It is an utterly distinctive film-making, executed with ruthless clarity and force.” —Peter Bradshaw, Guardian “BACURAU is a gloriously demented (and lightly psychedelic) Western that starts in outer space, ends with Udo Kier being hunted by a ghost, and spends the rest of its runtime blending everything from SEVEN SAMURAI to HOSTEL….” —David Ehrlich, IndieWire “Mendoça Filho is one of contemporary Brazilian cinema’s most sharply political filmmakers, and BACURAU solidifies his commitment to rebuking Brazil’s current administration and its willful erasure of the country’s culture and heritage.” —Sam C. Mac, Slant Magazine
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