New Directors Competition
Zacarias, a 17-year-old Portuguese man, dreams of having great adventures. He signs up for the army during World War I. He is sent to Mozambique, Africa, to defend the Portuguese colony from German invasion. Zacarias, however, contracts malaria and is left behind when the army marches to battle. Determined to have his adventure, Zacarias leaves, alone, to catch up with the other soldiers. Still suffering from malaria, he cannot distinguish reality and hallucinations. In his journey, he encounters (or, at least, believes he encounters) wild animals, German deserters and lost colonists. Mosquito is based on the true story of the director’s grandfather, a soldier sent to Mozambique in the war.
Presented at International Film Festival Rotterdam.
João Nuno Pinto
Fernanda Polacow, Gonçalo Waddington
João Nunes Monteiro, Sebastian Jehkul, Filipe Duarte, Josefina Massango, Miguel Moreira
Born in Mozambique, in 1969, Pinto moved to Portugal when he was 5 years old. In the last few years, he has been living between Lisbon and São Paulo. He directed the short films Don’t Swim (2015) and Skype Me (2008). His first feature, America (2010), was screened at the 34th Mostra. Mosquito is his second long-length film.