Bacurau: the feature film dividing Brazilian audiences

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Bacurau, the latest feature film from director Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius, Neighboring Sounds) and his longtime art director Juliano Dornelles, is the talk of the town among Brazilian cinephiles. Opening on August 29 to a BRL 1.5 million box office, it is a rare example of a domestic film—which isn’t a comedy or action flick—being able to stir up significant attention from the public.

Set “a few years from now” in the arid backlands of Brazil’s Northeast, the film tells the story of Bacurau, a small town which has disappeared from conventional maps and quickly comes under threat from mysterious...

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