THE TSUGUA DIARIES
Director: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes Run Time: 102 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: Portuguese
Starring: Carloto Cotta, Crista Alfaiate, Isabel Cardoso, João Nunes Monteiro, Joaquim Carvalho
Three close friends, Crista Carloto and João – along an entire film crew – become the protagonists of a cinematic experiment shot during the lockdown. The film unfolds from end to beginning and continues a career-long fascination for director Miguel Gomes (Tabu, Arabian Nights) with the act of filmmaking. This time he teams up with his wife and creative partner, filmmaker Maureen Fazendeiro, for a sun-soaked metatextual celebration of the creative process and a hazy meditation on the lockdown blues. Shot in sumptuous 16mm during the pandemic, the film is one of the most playful cinematic creations of the pandemic, for which personal restrictions provided a source of inspiration and pure joy in the creative process.
“A movie about life on all scales, that creates and then eats itself as a snake in the garden, sparkling sun-baked gardening projects fade into an easy, exuberant nightlife, an ouroboros of life and the beauty of the world.” – Sarah, Letterboxd
“has everything: fruit, dogs, arguments about email, skateboarding inside, narrative collapsing on itself. might be a masterpiece!” – Fran Hoepfner, Letterboxd