Directed by Luciano de Azevedo | Brazil | 2020 | 1 hr 20 mins
Told across three chapters, this startling vision of horror from Brazil centres on a man whose life has been shaped by violence. Brutalized as a young boy by his father and later controlled by his mother’s religious tyranny, the man struggles to function under the weight of his parents’ twisted influence. As each chapter unfolds, we are led towards the main character’s ultimate catharsis and question whether he is doomed to repeat the sins of his traumatic past.
Made over a period of four years, CABRITO is a disturbing journey into the dark heart of a family consumed by murder, cannibalism and psychosis. Director Luciano de Azevedo’s devastating debut feature is that rarest of cinematic beasts: not only is it a defiant testament to low budget ingenuity and raw filmmaking talent, but the film also represents a continuation of the bloodline of Brazilian genre cinema. De Azevedo’s film recalls the savage cinema of his fellow countrymen José Mojica Marins and Dennison Ramalho and demonstrates a similar preoccupation with themes of religious oppression, the corruption of humanity and the depiction of family as an institution of violence and control. This visually arresting piece of cinema forces you to stare deep into the abyss and experience a disturbing nightmare of depravity that you certainly won’t forget in a hurry.
Screening with HEAT + PROGENY