Blog March 11, 2020
Brazilian Sci-Fi Western (?) “Bacurau” Running in NYC Until March 26

I'll admit that I'm not sure what to expect with Bacurau, but I plan to see the Brazilian film just as soon as I can. It opens for a limited run in New York this week, and wraps up before the end of March.

The film by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles is set in a fictional town in the sertão of northeastern Brazil, a place that gets stranger the more time you spend there, culminating in UFOs, Sergio Leone-style showdowns and a puzzling disappearance from the map. I'm trying not learn any more than that.

Reviews mention how it borrows tropes from many different genres but doesn't easily fit into any in particular. The film has been seen by over a million people in Brazil and won the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.


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