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2019 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 3 – Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles’ Bacurau

2019 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 3 – Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles’ Bacurau

Technically their second film to compete in Cannes when you consider Production Designer Juliano Dornelles as a creative collaborator on Aquarius (which placed 2nd in the top vote-getters for our 2016 Critics’ Panel), Kleber Mendonça Filho first blasted onto the scene with the mesmerizing Neighbouring Sounds — selected for Rotterdam in 2012. Nighthawk aka Bacurau is co-written and co-directed sci-fi mystery film that along with Terrence Malick’s latest, has benefitted from the most time in post-production. This takes place in the titular village in the Brazilian sub-region of Sertão and sees the mourning of its matriarch, Carmelita, who has passed away at the age of 94. Starring Barbara Colen, Sonia Braga and Udo Kier, this French/Brazilian co-production is a political film working within the confines of genre. The early morning the screening the day after had folks clapping during one key confrontation scene.

While I was lukewarm to the film and in no way consider this a Palme contender especially when considering/preferring his previous outings, we’ve got some great scores from our panel with several 4 star grades for an average of 3.5 with more than half our jury weighing in.

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2019 Cannes Critics' Panel: Day 3 - Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles' Bacurau


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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