In these unprecedented times, the JBFC has moved swiftly to find alternative ways to engage with our community and share the cinematic stories we all hold so dear. We’re thrilled to share the news that you’ll now be able to watch Bacurau—a film whose March opening at the JBFC unfortunately never came to pass—thanks to a partnership with distribution company Kino Lorber!
From March 20 – April 2, you’ll be able to purchase a digital screening of Bacurau for only $12, after which you’ll have 48 hours to watch the film in a “virtual screening room” created just for patrons of the JBFC. Like many cinematic engagements, Bacurau will be available for screening purchases for one week to start; if demand is sufficient, the title will be “held over” for additional weeks as needed.
With each screening of Bacurau purchased during this period you’ll provide much-needed support to both the JBFC and Kino Lorber—who will evenly split the revenue—as we navigate these uncharted waters.
Any questions? Check out our Virtual Screening Room FAQ.
2019. 131 m. Kleber Mendonça Filho/Juliano Dornelles. Kino Lorber. Brazil/France. English/Portuguese with English subtitles.
A few years from now… Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau.
Andrew Jupin, Senior Film Programmer here at the JBFC, writes: “I’m really excited that we’re partnering with Kino Lorber on their first virtual marquee offering to bring you this special presentation of Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius) and Juliano Dornelles’ Bacurau, a film we were set to open at the JBFC back on March 13. This high-octane genre hybrid with a timely political message was something I first laid eyes on last year at a late-night screening during the Toronto International Film Festival, and it’s a film I’ve thought about so much since.
If you’re the kind of person who can go into a film cold—meaning you can handle whatever is thrown at you without knowing a bit about a movie—I highly suggest doing so with Bacurau. I went in cold at Toronto and I feel my experience was better for it, however if you like to know a little about what you’re getting into, have a look at the trailer below and pay attention to some of the excellent pull quotes they use. Quotes like: “A perfect blend of blistering social commentary and illicit genre-flick thrills” (Rolling Stone), or “A modern day Western with the raw power of a Sergio Leone epic” (Los Angeles Times), or even “A heart-thumping political allegory” (New York Times). This way you’ll have a better sense of which way the wind is blowing.
Indeed, Bacurau is a wild mix of science-fiction, political commentary, action cinema, and satire, with a strong helping of Spaghetti Western thrown in for good measure. It stars beloved Braziian actress Sônia Braga (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and international horror and genre icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria, Dancer in the Dark)—his presence alone lets you know what you’re getting into—and features a great performance by relative newcomer Bárbara Colen (Aquarius).
While fans of our late-night screenings, our old After Dark series, or Jonathan Demme’s Rarely Seen Cinema are shoe-ins to enjoy this one, I will say it may not be to everyone’s liking, so I’d recommend you watch the trailer and maybe read some reviews if you’re unsure. I don’t want to give too much away which is why I’m being a bit coy, but I’ll close by saying I hope that we see more screening opportunities like this pop up in the near future and should that happen, we at the JBFC will try our best to bring you those as well.
Hope you all are staying healthy and well-watched during these strange times!”
Join the JBFC for our very first socially-distanced Q&A!
On Thursday, April 2 at 7:00, Senior Programmer Andrew Jupin will lead an informal discussion via Zoom. Andrew will be sharing his thoughts about the film Bacurau. The audience—that’s you!—will have the opportunity to participate and ask questions via the chat feature.
This is as new to us as it is for you! We look forward to meeting you in this virtual space and learning together as we find ways to experience films as a community.
- To take advantage of this screening option, you will follow this link to Kino Lorber’s site. You will first need to register on this site with your own personal login details (you will not have access through your existing JBFC account). It’s very easy! You will enter your name and email address and set a password.
- Please note that helpful tips and FAQs for that site are located directly below the film information. For any questions regarding streaming, device, connection, or payment issues, you will need to reference these links and reach out directly to that site’s customer support.
- Please feel free to reach out to JBFC support for non-streaming questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.