Foi Bonita a Festa

 The Bite The Bite The Bite The Bite The Bite The Bite

Isadora Neves Marques, 2019

28’, 16mm transferred to video, color, surround sound, spoken in Portuguese with subtitles. Portugal/ Brazil. Distribution and sales by Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency.

Between a house in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and a genetically-modified mosquito factory near São Paulo, a polyamorous relationship struggles to survive a mosquito-borne epidemic spreading across Brazil. While in the factory millions of genetically-modified mosquitos are born daily inside test tubes in order to fight the virus, the power dynamics between the three lovers only intensifies. The Bite is a film found somewhere between horror, science-fiction and a queer drama that points to intimacy as a possible future beyond past and present waves of violence.

The Bite premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was awarded for best short film at Go Short (Nijmegen), MixBrasil Festival de Cultura da Diversidade (São Paulo), and Sicily Queer Film Festival (Palermo), second best short film at Short Waves (Poznan) and the KODAK award at the Moscow Experimental International Film Festival. It was nominated for the European Film Awards in 2019.


Written and directed by Pedro Neves Marques
Cast Alina Dörzbacher, Ana Flávia Cavalcanti, Kelner Macedo
With the special participation of Luiz Felipe Lucas, Diogo Hayashi
Director of Photography Marta Simões
Sound Recordings Tales Manfrinato
Art Direction Diogo Hayashi
Special Effects Supervisor João Cáceres Costa
Color Grading Rita Lamas

Sound Design and Mixing Pedro Góis
Post-Production Kino Sound Studio
Edited by Pedro Neves Marques
Original Soundtrack by HAUT
Produced by Pedro Neves Marques and Catarina de Sousa (Foi Bonita a Festa)
With the support of Pérez Art Museum of Miami
Distribution and sales by Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency

2022 Screening at HOME, Manchester, UK
2022 Screening at Arquipélago, São Miguel Island, Portugal
2022 Screening at Centro de Arte José de Guimarães, Portugal
2022 Screening at Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia
2022 Screening at Jameel Art Center, Dubai, UAE
2022 Screening at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
2021 Futuros Próximos film program, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

2021 Hamburg Short Film Festival, Germany
2021 Xposed Queer Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
2021 Rio LGBTQI+ Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2021 Mostra de Cinema do Presente, São Paulo, Brazil
2021 Bucharest International Film Festival, Romenia
2021 Environmental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2021 Panorama Coisa de Cinema, Recife, Brazil
2020 European Film Awards, Reykjavik, Iceland
2020 MixBrasil 2020, São Paulo, Brazil
2020 Sicilia Queer Film Festival, Palermo, Italy (Best International Short Film)
2020 Queer Wave – The Cyprus LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Cyprus
2020 Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Russia (Kodak Film Prize winner)
2020 Short Waves Festival, Poznan, Poland (II Best International Short Film)
2020 Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium
2020 DC Shorts, Washington DC, USA
2020 Fesses-tival – La Fête du Slip, Switzerland
2020 Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland
2020 Riga International Film Festival, Latvia
2020 Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden
2020 Córmoron Film Fest, Spain
2020 Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival, London, England
2020 Kassel Documentary and Video Festival, Germany
2020 Festival Internacional Cinematografico del Uruguay, Montevideo
2020 Vienna Shorts, Austria
2020 Go Short, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Best International Short Film Award)
2020 London Short Film Festival, England
2019 Faena Festival, Miami, USA
2019 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
2019 Winterthur International Short Film Festival, Switzerland
2019 New York Film Festival, USA
2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada