The Northeast conquers Cannes

The Northeast conquers Cannes

SERTÃO Sônia Braga and the inhabitants of the imaginary village of Bacurau in the interior of Pernambuco resist the foreign invasion: allegory of divided Brazil gave the jury prize to the directors Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho (Credit: Vicor Jucá)

It is nonetheless ironic, ”says director Kleber Mendonça Filho. He and partner Juliano Dornelles, from Pernambuco, snatched the jury's prize for “Bacurau” at the Cannes International Film Festival, which ended on May 18. Also Ceará director Karim Aïnouz took the award for best parallel film A Right Look, with "The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão". These are unpublished awards for Brazil.

The irony is that the victories come at a time when the culture incentive laws in Brazil are in check. "It's also a northeastern triumph," says Aïnouz. “These films have received encouragement from Pernambuco and Ceará and show the quality of underrated regional productions.”

But they are, above all, politicians. For Dornelles, they face taboo themes: “The allegory of the invasion of Brazil by external forces is in 'Bacurau'. 'Eurydice' denounces patriarchy. ” “Bacurau” portrays a threatened country community. Debut

“The community chooses between fighting and dying,” says Kleber. "Eurydice" chronicles the conflict between two sisters and the macho oppression. It should debut in November.

“Brazilian filmmakers are winning festivals, but they can't find show windows in Brazil,” says Aïnouz. They hope to win back the market because of the prizes.

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