Cannes 2019: Mendonça Filho Returns to the Palme d'Or Competition with BACURAU

Actress Sônia Braga with director Kleber Mendonça Filho at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Actress Sônia Braga with director Kleber Mendonça Filho at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival has made public this morning the lineup for its 72nd annual edition which includes the Brazilian film Bacurau, the third feature by director Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighboring Sounds, Aquarius), as the only Latin American entry in the official competition of the French film festival.

Bacurau—co-written and co-directed by Juliano Dornelles, who had previously worked as production designer in Mendonça Filho’s previous films—marks the Brazilian filmmaker's second participation at Cannes’ main competition after Aquarius in 2016.

Starring Sônia Braga and German actor Udo Kier and described as a sinister genre piece, Bacurau tells the story of a filmmaker who decides to travel to a village in the interior of Brazil to make a documentary. As days go by, he begins to discover that the locals are not exactly what they appear to be and hide dangerous secrets.

The festival will also host the world premiere of the documentary film Maradona directed by the British filmmaker Asif Kapadia screening in the main slate as an out of competition title, and the Argentine documentary Que Sea Ley by Juan Solanas following the feminist movement and public demonstration in the South American country to legalize abortion, which will be shown as a special screening.

The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, will take place May 14-25 in France.