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Bacurau

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Earlier this year, The Guardian described Bacurau as a “disturbing ultraviolent freakout.” A fictional town in northeastern Brazil is the setting for Kleber Mendonça Filho’s stylized and surreal satire, which takes on the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. In Portuguese, bacurau means “nighthawk,” and Filho establishes darkness even as the first scene unfolds. Teresa is on her way to her grandmother’s funeral. It should be a simple journey, yet phones lose signal and the town has become invisible to the GPS—on satellite camera it is nothing more than a speck of dust. Things get stranger still—nightmarish, haunted. A hellish utopia! Not even the most twisted of minds can begin to imagine what happens next. —E.C.

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