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Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Brazil, France 2019 / 131’
At Eternity’s Gate Between Two Waters

The Jury Award at the last Cannes Festival went to director of Neighbouring Sounds and Aquarius, Kleber Mendonça Filho, who, along with his longtime collaborator, Juliano Dornells, made a genre mish-mash that is an intelligent metaphor for contemporary Brazil (and perhaps the entire world?) in a political and social crisis. This is a bizarre story about dying, the dying of worlds—the tiniest, local communities. The eponymous, made-up Bacurau literally disappears from the map after the death of its venerable leader, Carmelita. But instead of explaining this strange phenomenon, the filmmakers busy themselves creating an extraordinary atmosphere and a plot with one layer of madness piled atop another. Their film combines elements of a western (Udo Kier himself appears), a quasi-documentary, satire, magic realism and ... You’ll just have to see it for yourself. It is worth noting that the brilliant Sonia Braga appears in yet another of Filho’s films.

Marcin Pieńkowski


Cannes IFF 2019 – Jury Prize

Kleber Mendonça Filho

Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in 1968 in the Brazilian city of Recife. After his studies, he worked as a journalist and wrote for many national magazines. In the 1990s, he made short, documentary, and experimental films. He made his debut in 2012 with the film Neighboring Sounds, which earned him numerous awards, including at festivals in Rotterdam, and Rio de Janeiro. He also captured awards from critics at the New Horizons International Film Festival.


2008 Critico (doc.)

2012 Sąsiedzkie dźwięki / O Som ao Redor / Neighbouring Sounds

2016 Aquarius

2019 Bacurau

Cast & Crew

director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
screenplay Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
cinematography Pedro Sotero
editing Eduardo Serrano
music Mateus Alves, Tomaz Alves Souza
cast Udo Kier, Sônia Braga, Chris Doubek, Barbara Colen
producer Saïd Ben Saïd, Emilie Lesclaux, Michel Merkt
production Arte France Cinéma, CinemaScópio Produções, SBS Films
sales SDS
language Portuguese, English
colouration colour