Portugal, Brazil


Between a house in the Atlantic forest and a genetically-modified mosquito factory near São Paulo, a poly-amorous, non-binary relationship struggles to survive an epidemic spreading across Brazil. While in the factory millions of mosquitoes are born daily inside test tubes, the power dynamics between Helmut, Calixto, and Tao only intensify. THE BITE is a film found somewhere between horror, science fiction and queer drama.

Director's Biography

Pedro Neves Marques is a film director, visual artist, and writer. With a background in contemporary art, he has since 2017 steadily veered towards cinema. He has exhibited or screened his films at art institutions and museums such as Tate Modern, Serpentine Galleries, and Gasworks in London; Jeu de Paume in Paris; at the Pérez Art Museum of Miami and at Anthology Film Archives, New Museum, SculptureCenter and e-flux in New York; at V-A-C Foundation in Venice; Fondación Botín in Madrid; as well as at the Times Guangdong Museum in China, among others. Forthcoming solo shows and screenings include Castello di Rivolli in Turin, NTU CCA Singapore, at the Highline in New York and at CA2M in Madrid, as well as a new film commission for the 2020 Liverpool Biennial. His films have been exhibited at film festivals such as DocLisboa International Film Festival and Indie Lisboa Film Festival. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, he lives in New York.

2019 THE BITE, short
2018 ART AND HURT (Toxic Image on the Street), short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Pedro Neves Marques

Written by: Pedro Neves Marques

Produced by: Catarina de Sousa, Pedro Neves Marques

Cinematography: Marta Simões

Editing: Pedro Neves Marques

Production Design: Diogo Hayashi

Costume Design: Diogo Hayashi

Original Score: Pedro Neves Marques

Sound: Tales Manfrinato

Main Cast: Alina Dörzbacher, Ana Flávia Cavalcanti, Kelner Macedo

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2020