'Wolf Totem' crew battles mosquitoes

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Director Jean-Jacques Annaud [Courtesy of Wang Weimin]

French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's effort to shoot a film about a Chinese man and a wolf has met challenges from mosquitoes.

Sun Baopeng, who belongs to the filmmaking entourage of Annaud's upcoming drama "Wolf Totem", shared an on-set photo on his Weibo showing the director and his crew wearing head masks. "Too many mosquitoes here," his caption goes.

The team is working on location in the grasslands of northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Disturbing grassland mosquitoes attacking men and dogs are described vividly in Jiang Rong's novel "Wolf Totem", on which the film is based.

The filmmaking team on location [Courtesy of Wang Weimin] 

The husky who "acts" as a stunt double of the wolf cub in the film [Courtesy of Wang Weimin]

Wang Weimin, a producer of the film, said on his Weibo that literally every crew member suffered a swollen face thanks to the mosquitoes.

He shared a photo showing a stunning number of mosquitoes nestled on the back of the fully-clad cinematographer Jean Marie Dreujou.

Despite that, other photos posted by the producer conjure up a beautiful image of a filmmaking team working on picturesque grasslands under a blue sky.

"Wolf Totem" tells the story of a young man who tries to raise and befriend a wolf cub. Previous reports say 20 or so wolves have been well-trained as "actors".

Producer Wang Weimin also shared an interesting fact that the wolf cub has a dog stunt double - a husky.

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