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The Fever

The Fever

Maya Da-Rin

Brazil, France, Germany | 2019 | Genre: Drama | first feature film | running time: 98’

"Hovering between dream and reality, this film takes us by the hand and guides us through the complex universe of Brazil’s indigenous Desana community."
Giorgia Del Don - Cineuropa

TFL Awards

TFL Co-Production Award 2016 (€ 50.000)
with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

festivals & awards

International Competition, Locarno Film Festival 2019 / Leopard for Best Actor, FIPRESCI Prize, Special Prize “Environment and quality of life”


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.


The Fever
original title

A Febre




Brazil, France, Germany

running time


produced by

Tamanduá Vermelho - Brazil Enquadramento Produções - Brazil

in co-production with

Still Moving - France
Komplizen Film - Germany

directed by

Maya Da-Rin

written by

Maya Da-Rin, Miguel Seabra Lopes, Pedro Cesarino


Still Moving

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.
TFL Programmes

FrameWork 2016
Script&Pitch 2015

Maya Da-Rin

Film Director

Leonardo Mecchi