THE TSUGUA DIARIES (DIÁRIOS DE OTSOGA) World Cinema

THE TSUGUA DIARIES (DIÁRIOS DE OTSOGA)

When lockdown halted production, Lisbon-based filmmakers Miguel Gomes (TABU, ARABIAN NIGHTS) and Maureen Fazendeiro (BLACK SUN, MOTU MAEVA) incorporated their interrupted project organically into a playful meta-premise: friends Crista, Carloto and João are building a greenhouse for butterflies, cleaning out an above-ground pool and participating in spontaneous dance parties when there is a sudden global virus outbreak. Unfolding throughout the month of August and told in reverse chronological order, this series of sun-soaked vignettes revels in vibrant color, deliciously textured 16mm film grain and the delightful pop tunes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. And as the August breeze rustles the trees, this charming and enigmatic lockdown experiment sees time unbound and each day existing on its own terms with exuberance, whimsy and delight. –Malin Kan

Maureen Fazendeiro was born in 1989 in Créteil, France. Her films MOTU MAEVA (2014) and BLACK SUN (2019) have been selected at international festivals and have screened at cinematheques, museums and art fairs. She served as a co-writer on Miguel Gomes’ upcoming projects, SAVAGERY and THE GRAND TOUR.

Miguel Gomes was born in Lisbon in 1972. His feature films, OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST (Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight 2008), TABU (Berlinale Official Competition 2012: Alfred Bauer and FIPRESCI awards) and ARABIAN NIGHTS (Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, 2015), confirm his international success. Gomes is currently working on his latest film SAVAGERY and developing THE GRAND TOUR.

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Details

Country: Portugal, France

Year: 2021

Directors: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes

Screenwriters: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo

Producers: Luís Urbano, Filipa Reis, Sandro Aguilar, João Miller Guerra

Director of Photography: Mário Castanheira

Editor: Pedro Filipe Marques

Production Designer: Andresa Soares

Cast/Featuring: Crista Alfaiate, Carloto Cotta, João Nunes Monteiro

Running Time (minutes): 102

Language: Portuguese

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