94-year-old matriarch Carmelita passes away in a small village in the sertão, the arid area in the north-east of Brazil. Almost at the same time, the residents find out that their home has been erased from all digital maps. This turns out to be the harbinger of an invasion by a group of trigger-happy Westerners.

Directors Kleber Mendonça Filho's and Juliano Dornelles’ furious genre mash-up was inspired by low-budget science fiction, classic Westerns and John Carpenter’s horror movies. The title can be translated literally as ‘night owl’, but in Brazil this also refers to the last night bus – to the party being over. Mendonça Filho had already attracted the wrath of conservative Brazil with his previous films Neighbouring Sounds (Tiger Competition IFFR 2012) and Aquarius. In his latest, he and Dornelles add more fuel to the fire. Although they started developing Bacurau almost 10 years ago, the film has gained even more edge in the light of current developments.

Filmmaker
Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Country
Brazil, France
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
130’
Language
Portuguese, English
Producer
Emilie Lesclaux, Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
Production Company
CinemaScopio, SBS Productions
Sales
SBS International
Writer
Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Cinematography
Pedro Sotero
Editor
Eduardo Serrano
Production Design
Thales Junqueira
Music
Mateus Alves, Tomás Alves de Souza
Cast
Sônia Braga, Udo Kier, Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Perera, Thardelly Lima, Rubens Santos