There’s more than a touch of David Cronenberg in director Filip Jan Rymsza’s Mosquito State. Co-written by Rymsza and Mario Zermeno, the film is a Wall Street body horror with plenty of atmosphere and strong visuals. It’s set in 2007 – just before the recession.
Beau Knapp, Charlotte Vega and Olivier Martinez star in the film which was on the official selection of the Venice Film Festival in 2020 and awarded the Bisato d’Oro for Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects at the Sitges Film Festival 2020.
Mosquito State is available exclusively on Shudder from 26 August 2021. A Movies In Focus review will be coming soon.
On the eve of the 2007 financial crisis, in an austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, isolated and 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, hosted by his ruthless boss (Olivier Martinez), he makes two acquaintances: the mysterious Lena (Charlotte Vega) and one pesky mosquito, both of which take root in his mind, altering his existence in profound ways.