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Film poster
Directed byKleber Mendonça Filho
Juliano Dornelles
Produced byEmilie Lesclaux
Saïd Ben Saïd
Michel Merkt
Written byKleber Mendonça Filho
Juliano Dornelles
StarringSônia Braga
Udo Kier
Bárbara Colen
Music byMateus Alves
Tomaz Alves Souza
CinematographyPedro Sotero
Edited byEduardo Serrano
SBS Productions
Globo Filmes
Release date
  • 15 May 2019 (2019-05-15) (Cannes)
  • 25 September 2019 (2019-09-25) (France)
Running time
132 minutes

Bacurau (Portuguese for 'nightjar') is a 2019 Brazilian weird western film[1] directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles.[2] The film stars Sônia Braga, Udo Kier and Bárbara Colen. The film revolves around Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, which is beset by strange happenings following the death of its matriarch at the age of 94. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival,[3] and won the Jury Prize.[4][5]


  • Sônia Braga as Domingas
  • Udo Kier as Michael
  • Bárbara Colen as Teresa
  • Thomas Aquino as Pacote / Acacio
  • Silvero Pereira as Lunga
  • Thardelly Lima as Tony Jr.
  • Rubens Santos as Erivaldo
  • Wilson Rabelo as Plinio
  • Carlos Francisco as Damiano
  • Luciana Souza as Isa
  • Karine Teles as Foreigner
  • Julia Marie Peterson as Julia


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88% based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 7.69/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Formally thrilling and narratively daring, Bacurau draws on modern Brazilian sociopolitical concerns to deliver a hard-hitting, genre-blurring drama."[6] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]


  1. ^ "Bacurau first look: a way out weird western for menacing times". BFI. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  2. ^ "The Screenings Guide 2019". 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Cannes festival 2019: full list of films". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Bong Joon-ho's Parasite Wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes". Variety. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Bong Joon-ho's Parasite wins Palme d'Or at Cannes film festival". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Bacurau Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 May 2019.

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