Arthouse Garage Podcast

047: Bacurau

We dig into the weird and wonderful Brazilian film Bacurau. It's an unforgettable blend of western, horror, sci-fi, and politics
Season 6: Best Films of 2020
047: Bacurau

“What are the people of Bacurau called?”


In this episode, we dig into the weird and wonderful Brazilian film Bacurau, from directors Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho. This film blends western, horror, and sci-fi into an unforgettable film-watching experience complete with sharp political commentary. Nothing is at it initially seems in this film, but it is absolutely one of the best things to come out in 2020.

I’m joined by filmmaker Lara Hill, whose insights are always fascinating and who initially recommended this film to me.

Read the full episode transcript


Invitation, a short film by Lara Hill

Bacurau on Letterboxd

Bacurau on Criterion Channel (plus director interview)






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Andrew Sweatman

Andrew is a writer, podcaster, and film lover who wants to help people think critically about movies. He lives in central Arkansas with his wife Allison and two children, Rosie & Beau. Andrew is the Senior Editor at Arthouse Garage and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA). Find him at and on Twitter and Instagram: @ArthouseGarage.

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