Dreaming of great adventures, seventeen-year-old Zacarias has signed up for the Portuguese army. In 1917, after a long voyage, he ends up in Mozambique, where he has to defend this Portuguese colony against a German invasion. Zacarias can't wait, but when he contracts malaria, he is forced to stay behind in camp while his unit sets off for Niassa. Hardly recovered, he later leaves the camp on his own, determined to report to his unit. What follows is like a fever dream, as Zacarias travels on foot through Makua territory.

Alongside the native inhabitants, he encounters wild animals, lost colonists and German deserters. Loneliness, hunger, exhaustion and the after-effects of malaria make him increasingly confused. What is real and what is hallucination? Mosquito, told in non-chronological order, is a visually overwhelming war film without any war; the front is elsewhere – perhaps in Zacarias' head. Director João Nuno Pinto wrests from obscurity an overlooked episode from WWI.

Opening Film IFFR 2020. Also see Opening Night 2020: Mosquito & Party. 

Screenings

  • Wed 22 Jan Schouwburg Grote Zaal
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  • Fri 24 Jan Cinerama 4
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  • Sat 25 Jan LantarenVenster 6
    With Q&A
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  • Sun 26 Jan de Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    With Q&A
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  • Sat 1 Feb LantarenVenster 1
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Filmmaker
João Nuno Pinto
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Portugal, France, Brazil
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
122’
Language
Portuguese, German, Various
Producer
Paulo Branco, Ana Pinhão Moura, Mário Peixoto
Production Company
Leopardo Filmes, Alfama Films, Delicatessen Filmes
Sales
Alfama Films
Writer
Fernanda Polacow, Gonçalo Waddington
Cinematography
Adolpho Veloso
Editor
Gustavo Giani
Production Design
Nuno Gabriel Mello
Sound Design
Gita Cerveira
Music
Justin Melland
Cast
João Nunes Monteiro, João Lagarto, Filipe Duarte, Sebastian Jehkul, Miguel Borges, António Nipita, Josefina Massango