Brazil, France
132 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius, SFF 2016) and Juliano Dornelles’ deliver a searing political parable and a magic-realist, explosive genre film. Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes.

In the near future, in the small village of Bacurau, the people are in mourning at the loss of the matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. In his eulogy, her son says of her: “In our family, we have everyone from bricklayers to scientists, businesspeople, teachers, gigolos and whores. But no thief was ever born out of her.” It serves as an apt description of the town too: a diverse group of people who share a sense of honour and pride. But all is not well in Bacurau. The water supply has been cut off through nefarious political deals, and now it appears that the village has vanished from most maps. The local mayor of the region visits to drum up support for his re-election, bearing dilapidated books and questionable medication, but is treated with contempt. Worse yet, unbeknownst to the people of Bacurau, not far away is a group of foreigners planning something extremely sinister. Mendonça Filho and Dornelles delicately build the tension until it explodes in a most unexpected way. In its potent combination of political critique and genre mayhem, Bacurau is unique, stunning and a rousing call for solidarity.

Special Guests

Kleber Mendonça Filho
Director, Screenwriter
Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in Recife, northeastern Brazil, in 1968. He graduated in journalism and has worked extensively as a film critic and film programmer. His first feature film Neighboring Sounds (SFF 2012) was selected in over 100 festivals and won 32 awards. Aquarius was in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival and won the Sydney Film Prize at SFF in 2016.
Juliano Dornelles
Director, Screenwriter
Juliano Dornelles is a film is a filmmaker, art director and screenwriter. His short film Mens Sana in Corpore Sano won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 2011 and several other awards. In 2015, he shot his first feature, The Workshop at Brum Street.


Fri 14 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Official Competition, Latin America, Festival Guests
Unclassified 18+
Brazil, France
In Portuguese and English with English subtitles
Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Emilie Lesclaux, Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
Udo Kier, Sônia Braga, Barbara Collen
Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Pedro Sotero
Eduardo Serrano
Australian Premiere
Environmental, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Cannes Selected, Latin America, Cinephile, Festival Award Winners
Company Credits
World Sales: SBS International
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