In Cannes, a gory Western stands against Bolsonaro's Brazil

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In Cannes, a gory Western stands against Bolsonaro's Brazil
Co director Juliano Dornelles, second from left, actors Udo Kier fifth from left, Babara Colen, sixth from left, Silveiro Peirera, seventh from left and co director Kleber Mendonca Filho, tenth from left pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Bacurau' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

CANNES, France (AP) — Kleber Mendonca Filho’s feverish and violent Brazilian Western “Bacurau” has given the Cannes Film Festival its most searing political statement yet.

The film is a surreal and bloody parable but its makers say it reflects Jai Bolsonaro’s Brazil. The far-right populist was elected president of Brazil last October.

Filho says that right now, Brazil feels “like a dystopia in many, many everyday aspects.”

While “Bacurau” was premiering Wednesday night in Cannes, tens of thousands of students and teachers protested in Brazilian streets over steep budget cuts to education that Bolsonaro has announced. The filmmakers said they stood in solidarity with those protesters.