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A Mordida

Available On Demand, throughout the Festival


Portuguese, with English subtitles.


Available as part of our Experimental Shorts package.


In this queer dystopic drama taking place amidst an epidemic, intertwined narratives of gender and genetic engineering unfold as the creeping rhetoric of extermination reflects the shift to the conservative in Brazil.


Between a house in the Atlantic forest and a genetically-modified mosquito factory near São Paulo, a polyamorous, non-binary relationship struggles to survive an epidemic spreading across Brazil. While in the factory millions of mosquitos are born daily inside test tubes, the power dynamics between Helmut, Calixto, and Tao only intensifies. 


A Mordida’s power and pertinence lies in the vision of intimacy and care as tools for resistance against destructive forces both viral and political.


Awards | Kodak Prize, Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, ll Award International Competition - Short Waves Festival, Best Film Award (International Competition) - Sicilia Queer FilmFest, Best Fiction Award, Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, Nominee Directors' Week Award Nominee - Brussels International Film Festival 2020, Nominee Brief Encounters Grand Prix - International Competition Encounters International Film Festival, Nominee Best International Short Fiction Film - European Short Film Awards, Nominee Grand-Prix International Competition - Kyiv International Short Film Festival 2020

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    25 minutes
  • Language
    N/A
  • Country
    Portugal
  • Premiere
    Australian
  • Director
    Pedro Neves Marques
  • Screenwriter
    Pedro Neves Marques
  • Producer
    Catarina de Sousa