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Kleber Mendonca Filho's Cannes entry "Bacurau" is a feverish and violent Western about a Brazilian rural community defending itself from a hard-to-comprehend invasion. For the filmmakers, it's not so different than Jair Bolsonaro's Brazil. "Bacurau," which is competing for the Palme d'Or, gave the Cannes Film Festival's most searing political statement yet. At the Cannes premiere to his 2016 film, "Aquarius," three years ago, Filho and his cast memorably held placards declaring a coup had taken place in Brazil.Brazil still has a significant presence at this year's Cannes Film Festival, including Karim Ainouz's "Invisible Life," playing in Un Certain Regard. As part of Cannes' main slate, "Bacurau" is the most prominent.
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