August 2007. Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca (Beau Knapp) sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown.
On Wall Street, they’re called “quants”—the intense data analysts whose mathematical prowess can make the difference between a fortune and a flop. Consumed with his work, Richard doesn’t often stray from his office or apartment. But when Richard decides to go to a company party, he makes two acquaintances: the mysterious, sylphlike Lena (Charlotte Vega) and one pesky mosquito, both of which take root in his mind, altering his existence in profound ways.
Finding common ground between Franz Kafka, David Cronenberg and Mary Harron’s American Psycho, director-screenwriter Filip Jan Rymsza (Producer of The Other Side of The Wind) emerges with a new kind of body horror, set during a single week of an exquisitely rendered pre-crash 2007 replete with signs of sociopolitical and economic rot.
Think Jeff Goldblum’s The Fly on steroids.
Steve Pond of The Wrap called it the Citizen Kane of Wall Street insect movies, while the Indiewire noted that Knapp’s implosive lead performance bubbles with a demented commitment.
“This one holds your attention like a bite that you can’t stop yourself from scratching.”
A hypnotic plunge into the fragile mentality of an individual who can see patterns long before the rest of us, Mosquito State adds a significant chapter to the subgenre of urban isolation.
2020 Venice Film Festival Winner: Bisato d’Oro for Best Cinematography
2020 Sitges Film Festival Winner: Best Visual Effects