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Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Convulsions :: Narrative Features
Running Time:132:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
10:00 PM EST
Saturday, November 16
Thalian Black

Writers: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Producers: Saïd Ben Saïd, Emilie Lesclaux, Michel Merkt
Composers: Mateus Alves, Tomaz Alves Souza
Cinematographer: Pedro Sotero
Cast: Sonia Braga, Udo Kier, Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Chris Doubek, Jonny Mars

In the near future, a small village in the Brazilian sertão mourns the loss of its 94-year-old matriarch. Days later, the inhabitants (including legendary actress Sônia Braga) notice that their town has literally vanished from maps, a UFO has begun flying overhead, and a band of armed mercenaries (led by Udo Kier) have arrived to pick off the community one by one. A thrillingly imaginative freakout that blurs the line between rural dramedy, political allegory, ultra-violent siege action and a mysterious dollop of science fiction, this Cannes Jury Award winner offers rich arthouse formalism and rowdy midnight pleasures.


A prominent member of the Brazilian arts scene, critic-turned-filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho‘s directorial debut Neighbouring Sounds was praised as one of the Top Films of 2012 by The New York Times, and his second feature Aquarius was nominated for a Spirit Award, a César Award, and the Palme d’Or at Cannes.