Tuesday 21 November at 7pm
The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Bacurau, Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles, 2019, 131m
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. A band of mercenaries (lead by Udo Kier) appear.
A Western, a sci-fi, a siege film, an amalgam of all things b-grade, Bacuaru seems like a radical departure from Kleber Mendonça Filho’s previous films (and set in the outback Badlands of Brazil, rather than the coastal Recife.) Yet it is also a return of Filho’s genre instincts, cut loose from his arthouse tendencies, and still a film that explores history and the intersection of race and class.
“One of the best filmic distillations of that impending 21st-century sense of doom, a concentrated vision of the apocalypse that somehow manages to strike a hopeful note.” The Atlantic
With thanks to SBS Films International
Part of our gradual Kleber Mendonça Filho retrospective.
As with all our Container screenings, admission is free to all members, and membership can be found at our website container.org.au or at the box office counter on the night. Membership ranges from $30 (six months concession) to $100 (annual regular).