A spiritual predecessor to this year's wild Cannes Palme d'Or winner TITANE, drawing on everything from CHRISTINE to CRASH to MAD MAX and last year's BACURAU, Brazilian director Renata Pinheiro's (LOVE, PLASTIC AND NOISE) KING CAR combines steel, roaring engines, sex, desire and killer (literally) Retrofuturist design to comment on Brazil's toxic political situation, class-based inequality and the global threat of climate change. Uno (Luciano Pedro Jr.) is the son of a taxi company owner with an extraordinary connection with cars: he was born in a car, can talk to them and even befriends one that saved him from a traffic accident as a child. When the local authorities use ecological concerns as a thinly-veiled, money-grabbing excuse to ban from the streets all vehicles older than 15 years, Uno hears no end of complaints from the broken-down, abandoned old cars he calls friends, all while poverty and unemployment skyrocket in his community. Together with his mechanical genius of an uncle, Uno hatches a plan to convert the abandoned vehicles into powerful futuristic machines that will help him get back at the powers that be. Visually and narratively unique, KING CAR is must-see for genre fans and world cinema fans alike. Official Selection, 2021 Rotterdam, Bucheon, Fantasia and Fantastic Fest film festivals. DIR/SCR Renata Pinheiro; SCR Leo Pyrata; SCR/PROD Sergio Oliveira. Brazil, 2021, color, 97 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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