In this essay, Bruno Guaraná argues that Bacurau presents a cinematic intervention that is twofold: first, into global genre cinema, as it disrupts generic conventions of both the Western and the horror film and relocates the narrative to the margins; and second, into Brazilian cinema—in particular, regarding its depictions of the sertão, or hinterland. Guaraná calls attention to the role played by the film’s narrative and musical soundscape in engineering this audiovisual reeducation.
“A Few Years from Now” in Western Pernambuco: Bacurau’s Vision of the Future
Bruno Guaraná is a postdoctoral teaching fellow at New York University. Originally from Recife, Brazil, he received his PhD in Cinema Studies from NYU, and his MA in Film from Columbia University. His current research explores negotiations of cultural citizenship in contemporary Brazilian media. He is currently the Page Views Editor for Film Quarterly.
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Bruno Guaraná; “A Few Years from Now” in Western Pernambuco: Bacurau’s Vision of the Future. Film Quarterly 8 December 2020; 74 (2): 77–80. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2020.74.2.77
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