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.”

Students light flares as they protest against a massive cut in the education budget imposed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Students light flares as they protest against a massive cut in the education budget imposed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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.

Demonstrators protest against a massive cut in the education budget imposed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Demonstrators protest against a massive cut in the education budget imposed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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