Who is Udo Kier, the foreign actor who made the Brazilian film Bacurau?

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The German star has starred in more than two hundred films!

In 2019, Brazil stopped with the debut of Nightjarthe third feature film by Kleber Mendonça Filho (co-directed by Juliano Dornelles), which tells the story of a fictional village in the interior of the Northeast, where residents soon begin to witness strange events, until they discover that they are being hunted by a group of rich foreigners, led by the character played by Udo Kier.

If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve already seen some of the more than two hundred films starring Kier. Born in 1944, in Germany, the star was almost one of the casualties of the Second World War, as the hospital he was in was bombed by the Allied Forces. He, still a newborn, and his mother had to be rescued from the rubble.

His career as an actor began in 1966, when he was cast in the short film Road to Saint Tropez, and soon several papers arrived at his door. Kier was successful in horror cinema, and in the 70s, he was in two very ambitious projects produced by Andy Warholthe movies Meat for Frankenstein It is Blood for Dracula.

His work in horror cinema led to some bigger films in Hollywood. He even starred in North American vampire films, such as Blade, Dracula 3000 It is BloodRayne. And soon, it also began to have long-term partnerships with celebrated directors, such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant It is Dario Argento – he is even in Suspiria original.

Other of his Hollywood roles include films such as Ace Ventura, Armageddon It is Johnny Mnemonic: The Cyborg of the Future. Kier also went on to work as a voice interpreter on several animations and gamesfor example Justice League, Scooby Doo! Mystery Inc. and the game series Call of Duty.

An international star, Kier was invited by Kleber Mendonça Filho to star in Nightjar, and did not turn down the opportunity. At the Cannes Festivalhe even talked about this selection process (via Estadão):

“When we talked about Brazil, we thought of half-naked boys and girls jumping at Carnival. There, Kleber [Mendonça Filho] He met me at a festival in the United States, in Palm Springs, where I have lived for 25 years, and gave me the script for Bacurau. I agreed to do it, he put me on a plane and, after the flight, I was taken by car, for hours, into the backlands, where I discovered a living reality, full of humanity. There were people playing cards in the streets, sales everywhere, dogs running after bones. It took three weeks of work. Three weeks in Paradise.”

At 79 years old, Kier has no intention of stopping. His most recent works include the series Huntersof Prime Videowhere he gave life to none other than Adolf Hitlerin addition to the acclaimed Shine for Eternity, which won him several awards around the world. He already has a new film on the way called The Ark: An Iron Sky Storywhich in turn, is part of the franchise He drove the Nazis crazy.

Nightjar will be displayed on Hot screen on Rede Globo this Monday.

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