Mosquito State: Filip Jan Rymsza’s Horror Tale, Disturbing Allegory (Venice Fest 2020)

 

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Beau Knapp in ‘Mosquito State’

A Wall Street data analyst is overpowered by a plague of mosquitoes in Polish director Filip Jan Rymsza’s allegory of 2007 financial crisis.

Filip Jan Rymsza’s chilly Mosquito State is a disturbing allegory for the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis.

Unfolding as an obsessive fever dream, it opens with a predatory insect’s eye view of privilege then multiplies into a nightmarish infestation before vengefully claiming its sacrifice.

Making references to Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and to David Cronenberg’s earlier features, the tale is fittingly a creepy psycho-horror.