In Cannes, a gory Western stands against Bolsonaro's Brazil

Co director Juliano Dornelles, second from left, actors Udo Kier fifth from left, Babara Colen, sixth from left, Silveiro Peirera, seventh from left a

Co director Juliano Dornelles, second from left, actors Udo Kier fifth from left, Babara Colen, sixth from left, Silveiro Peirera, seventh from left a

Students light flares as they protest against a massive cut in the education budget imposed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonar

Students light flares as they protest against a massive cut in the education budget imposed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonar

Demonstrators protest against a massive cut in the education budget imposed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in Sao Paulo,

Demonstrators protest against a massive cut in the education budget imposed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in Sao Paulo,

CANNES, France (AP) — 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."

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.