The Melbourne International Film Festival unveiled its 2019 program – the largest in its 68 year, history, featuring 259 feature films, and Lulu Wang’s The Farewell as closing night film.
NAME OF FILM: BACURAU (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
STARRING: Udo Kier, Sônia Braga, Karine Teles
GENRE: Action Film
SYNOPSIS: A vibrant, richly diverse backcountry Brazilian town finds its sun-dappled day-to-day disturbed when its inhabitants become the targets of a group of marauding, wealthy tourists. The perpetrators of this Most Dangerous Game–esque class warfare, however, may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau. Those who remember Kleber Mendonça Filho’s wonderful NYFF54 crowd-pleaser Aquarius starring Sonia Braga—who appears here in a memorable supporting role—might be surprised by the new terrain and occasional ultraviolence of his latest, codirected with his longtime production designer Juliano Dornelles. Yet this wild shape-shifter shares with that film the exhilaration of witnessing society’s forgotten and marginalized standing up for themselves by any means necessary.
“Bacurau” won the ARRI/Osram Award, and Melina León’s “Song without a Name” won the CineVision Award for best international film by a new director at the 37th Munich Film Festival.
The South Korean film Parasite directed by Bong Joon-Ho won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
2019 Cannes Film Festival Unveils Official Selection, with Films by Pedro Almodóvar, Xavier Dolan, Terrence Malic
The Official Selection of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival was unveiled this morning and includes new releases from Pedro Almodóvar, Xavier Dolan, Ken Loach, and Terrence Malick.