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The Fever

Justino, a 45-year-old Desana native, is a security guard at the Manaus harbor. As his daughter prepares to study medicine in Brasilia, Justino is taken over by a mysterious fever.

ScriptLab 2015
Main info

Title: The Fever
Year: 2019
Directed by: Maya Da-Rin
Premiere & awards: Locarno Film Festival 2019, International Competition, Leopard for Best Actor, FIPRESCI Prize, Special Prize “Environment and quality of life”
Produced by: Tamanduá Vermelho - Brazil Enquadramento Produções - Brazil
In co-production with: Still Moving - France, Komplizen Film - Germany
Countries: Brazil, France, Germany


Manaus is an industrial city surrounded by the Amazon rainforest. Justino, a 45 years old Desana native, works as a security guard at the cargo port. Since the death of his wife, his main company is his youngest daughter with whom he lives in a house on the outskirts of town. Nurse at a health clinic, Vanessa is accepted to study medicine in Brasilia and will need to be leaving soon. As the days go by, Justino is overcome by a strong fever. During the day, he fights to stay awake at work. During the night, a mysterious creature follows his footsteps. But soon the tedious routine of the harbor is broken by the arrival of a new guard. Meanwhile, his brother's visit makes Justino remember the life in the forest, from where he left twenty years ago. Between the oppression of the city and the distance of his native village in the forest, Justino can no longer endure an existence without place.

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Title: The Fever

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TFL Catalogue 2015

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