Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazilian director with voice and vote at Cannes


In a period of five years, the Brazilian Kleber Mendonça Son joined the small circle of regular directors of Cannes, with a social cinema with touches of fantasy, but as forceful as its militancy against the conservatism that brought Jair Bolsonaro to power.

The former journalist and film critic is the only Latin American who competed in the Palme d’Or since 2016, and twice: with the second feature, “Aquarius”, and the third, “Bacurau”, which won the 2019 Jury Prize in a draw with the French “Os Miseráveis”.

This year, Kleber Mendonça (born in Recife in 1968) returns as a member of the jury presided over by American filmmaker Spike Lee. In 2017, the Brazilian headed the jury for the Semana da Crítica, a parallel exhibition in Cannes.

The Brazilian is at ease at Croisette: as a critic he has appeared several times at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2005 he screened the short film “Eletrodoméstica” at Quinzena dos Realizadores, before reaching the main exhibition with “Aquarius”, starring Sonia Braga.