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Wednesday Night Cinema Society: BACURAU

A group of villagers in a funeral procession
Wed, Mar 2, 2022, 7:00 pm
Communications Building, Room 150 (Studio C)

Bacurau | Juliano Dornelles & Kleber Mendonça Filho | Brazil 2019 | 2h11min | Portuguese with English Subtitles

A few years from now...

Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their community has vanished from most maps. The water supply has been cut off, animals stampede through the streets, and empty coffins turn up on the roadside.

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize in 2019, and one of my favorite films of the past decade, Bacurau is otherworldly, blurs film genres, and navigates hallucination, collective mourning and healing, technology, the future, government corruption, and American imperialism.

warning: killings and blood


“Like the museum within the film, the sertão of the future cannot negate its history of pain and resistance.”