Archive of films Tsugua Diaries / Diários de Otsoga

Portugal / France
2021, 102 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

Three close friends, Crista, Carloto, and João – along with the entire film crew – become the protagonists of a cinematic experiment shot during lockdown. Delve into the colorful world of one of the most playful films of the pandemic, for which personal restrictions provided a source of inspiration and pure joy in the creative process.


Crista, Carloto, and João want to build a greenhouse for butterflies. But these three friends aren’t alone in their interest in this project. They are joined by the filmmakers themselves, Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro, who – along with the entire film crew – become the protagonists of this cinematic experiment. Here, fiction imperceptibly blends with documentary sequences in order to reveal the creative process as the directors share their sense of pure joy from working with the cinematic medium. The pandemic may have uncompromisingly complicated all our lives, but for the filmmakers it was a challenge to find inspiration in limitation. Ignore all linear chronology and delve into the brightly colored world of one of the most playful films of lockdown-era cinema.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes

Maureen Fazendeiro (1989, Paris). Filmography: Motu Maeva (2014, doc. short), The Tsugua Diaries (2021). 

Miguel Gomes (1972, Lisbon). Selected filmography: The Dear Month of August (Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto, 2008), Tabu (2012), Redemption (2013, doc., short), Arabian Nights (As 1001 Noites, trilogy, 2015), The Tsugua Diaries (2021).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes
Screenplay: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
Dir. of Photography: Mário Castanheira
Music: Miguel Martins
Editor: Pedro Filipe Marques
Art Director: Andresa Soares
Producer: Luís Urbano, Filipa Reis, Sandro Aguilar, João Miller Guerra
Production: O Som e a Fúria
Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Carloto Cotta, João Nunes Monteiro
Sales: The Match Factory

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