The Tsugua Diaries
Diários de Otsoga
A collaboration between Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro, this joyful and elaborately constructed work finds us counting the days of lockdown in the Portuguese countryside.
Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes
Luís Urbano, Filipa Reis, Sandro Aguilar, João Miller Guerra
Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
Crista Alfaiate, Carloto Cotta, João Nunes Monteiro
Portugal 2021. 102min
The Match Factory
With English subtitles
Shot on sensuous 16mm in August and September 2020, this is a graceful and intelligent experiment that plays with our perception of time and understanding of cinematic storytelling. Opening on ‘Day 22’ in the midst of a party, we move backwards through the calendar until an unexpected presence appears on ‘Day 16’, asking us to reevaluate what we have just seen. With playful intent, Gomes and Fazendeiro have folded the constraints of working under lockdown into the structure of their film. In its appreciation of nature and the simple pleasures of life – observing the beauty of a decaying quince, or luxuriating in the sheer joy of community – The Tsugua Diaries moves beyond witty meta-fiction and blossoms into something filled with genuine warmth.
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