The Fever

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The Fever

Maya Da-Rin

BR / FR / DE
Feature Film
International Debut Feature Film Competition

The Fever addresses the dramatic changes to the habitat in Brazil’s Amazon basin. 45-year-old Justino (Regis Myrupu), a member of the Desana tribe, is a security guard at the port of Manaus. A widower, he spends most of his time with his youngest daughter, who lives with him in a house on the city’s outskirts. As she prepares to move to faraway Brasília to study medicine, Justino contracts a mysterious fever. Caught between the traditional lifestyle of his native Amazon village, his daughter’s career and his job in the city, Justino struggles to maintain equilibrium. Maya Da-Rin’s hypnotic visual language captures the difficult balancing act between tradition and modernity to the rhythm of Justino’s daily life as seen through his eyes, both awake and in trance.

»The initial idea for this project emerged while I was shooting two documentaries in the Amazon region, where I met some indigenous families who had left their traditional territories deep within the forest to live in the city. I was also confronted with a new generation of urban indigenous people, who carried their traditions with them as they struggled to find their place in Brazilian society. The stories they told me about their experiences revealed the complex and tense relationship between indigenous cultures and Western civilisation, which has marked Brazilian history since colonial times.« –Maya Da-Rin

Awards for The Fever
Silver Leopard for Best Actor (Regis Myrupu) – Locarno Film Festival 2019 | International Film Critics Award (the FIPRESCI Prize) – Locarno Film Festival 2019


Maya Da-Rin


Maya Da-Rin, Miguel Seabra Lopes, Pedro Cesarino


Bárbara Alvarez


Karen Akerman


Felippe Schultz Mussel, Breno Furtado, Romain Ozanne, Emmanuel Croset


Regis Myrupu, Rosa Peixoto, Johnatan Sodré, Kaisaro Jussara Brito


Maya Da-Rin, Leonardo Mecchi, Juliette Lepoutre, Tamanduá Vermelho, Enquadramento Produções


Still Moving

Portrait of Maya Da-Rin

Maya Da-Rin

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1979, Maya Da-Rin is a film-maker and visual artist. She received her bachelor’s degree from Le Fresnoy in France, holds a master’s degree in cinema and art history from Sorbonne Nouvelle, and has participated in film workshops at the Cuban School of Cinema. Her work has been shown at film festivals and art institutions throughout the world, including Locarno, DOK Leipzig and MoMA. Her first full-length feature project The Fever was selected for residency at the Cannes Festival (Cinéfondation) and for the laboratories La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde and TorinoFilmLab, among others.

Films by Maya Da-Rin (Selection)
Camuflagem 2013 | Horizonte de eventos 2012 | Versão francesa 2011 | Terras 2009 | Margem 2006