Foi Bonita a Festa

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Isadora Pedro Neves Marques, 2018

Double-channel film installation, 20’ loop, 16mm transferred to video, color, surround sound, spoken in Portuguese with subtitles.
Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Umberto di Marino.

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. With a particular care for transgender experiences and queer love, it is a film that points to intimacy as a possible future beyond past and present waves of violence.

The Bite is a two-channel film installation accompanied by a multi-channel soundtrack by music producer HAUT. A speculative fiction based on visits and interviews conducted ats a genetics laboratory in São Paulo, on one screen we see a series of experiments and dialogues filmed in the laboratory about the genetic modification of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to combat the Zika virus, while on another we witness the intimacy of a sex scene between three lovers (two women, one of which transgender, and a man). Between the militarization of scientific language against an epidemic and the rise of fascist social movements, The Bite is both a science fiction and horror film and a queer drama, where sexuality is simultaneously represented as a place of sublimation of daily violence but also of hope and other possible futures.

The Bite was commissioned by the Pérez Art Museum of Miami where it had its international premiere, shortly followed by its presentation at Gasworks in London.

Written and directed by Isadora 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 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 Isadora Pedro Neves Marques
Original Soundtrack by HAUT
Produced by Isadora Pedro Neves Marques and Catarina de Sousa (Foi Bonita a Festa)
With the support of Pérez Art Museum of Miami