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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.

“Formally thrilling and narratively daring, Bacurau draws on modern Brazilian sociopolitical concerns to deliver a hard-hitting, genre-blurring drama.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“It’s a rallying cry against structural injustice told through a satisfying blend of western and science fiction influences.” (Chicago Reader)

“You never know where this movie is going. It is dreamlike for a long time and then it just becomes stunningly, graphically violent. You’re laughing at moments that maybe you shouldn’t be. It’s really vivid, really odd, and unlike anything else.” (NPR)

“It’s an activist film in a B-Horror movie disguise. One of the year’s best.” (Screen Anarchy)

Saturday, September 26
Doors 6:45 pm | Movie 7:15 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $15 HERE |$15 at the door

Tuesday, September 29
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $15 HERE |$15 at the door

Sunday, October 4
Doors 3:00 pm | Movie 3:30 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $15 HERE |$15 at the door

*Minors OK! (Please note this film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single film! Please redeem at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

BACURAU (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles, 2019 / 132 mins / 18A / Portugese with English subs) After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

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