Rat Fever

  • 110'
  • Brazil
  • 2011
Rat Fever is the alcohol-drenched story of an unrequited love. The poet Zizo, a pure-bred anarchist, is lost as soon as he meets the sober Eneida. She doesn't mind being his muse, but she won't go any further than that - whereas in Zizo's circle of friends, made up of social losers, Bohemians and other proud outsiders, everyone goes to bed with everyone else.
Meanwhile, Zizo is busy with his dubious battle against 'the system', using his self-published newsletter 'Febre do rato' and a series of subversive street performances that primarily seem to reach his own friends.
Once again, Tiger-Award winner Cláudio Assis (Bog of Beasts, 2007) films in his own region, north-eastern Brazil. He portrays Recife as a clammy, stupefying city filled with filthy slums. But Rat Fever has more optimism and humour than the raw Bog of Beasts. Zizo and his friends make the best of it; their high-spirited battle for 'freedom, anarchy and sex' turns Rat Fever into a feverish, erotic manifesto.


Director
Cláudio Assis
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
110'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Febre do rato
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Julia Moraes, Marcello Maia
Production Companies
Belavista Cinema, Republica Pureza Filmes, Polo de Imagem
Sales
Imovision
Screenplay
Hilton Lacerda
Cinematography
Walter Carvalho
Editor
Karen Harley
Production Design
Renata Pinheiro
Sound Design
George Saldanha, Miriam Biderman, Ricardo Chuí
Music
Jorge Du Peixe
Cast
Irandhir Santos, Matheus Nachtergaele