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The Tsugua Diaries Unclassified 18+
Diários de Otsoga

Language: Portuguese, Romanian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama Themes: Auteur, Cannes, Cinephile

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Both a “lockdown journal” and a piece of fiction, this collaboration between Portuguese auteurs pushes the limits between truth and tale.

Crista Alfaiate, Carloto Cotta and João Nunes Monteiro are living together and building a large greenhouse for the butterflies in their area. Summer days stretch out endlessly as they tend to their garden and share household duties. But, as the world slows down around them, they discover they are not the only ones whose lives have taken on a repetitive rhythm.

Lisbon-based Miguel Gomes (Arabian Nights Volumes 1, 2 and 3, MIFF 2015) enlisted the talents of documentarian Maureen Fazendeiro when the pandemic caused another project he was working on to be put on hold. Shot in Portugal on grainy 16mm, every frame of the resulting film – which premiered as part of Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes – is infused with the palpable pulse of heat and the glorious burning colours of summer, capturing the long, languid days that defined lockdowns across the globe. The Tsugua Diaries is an unforgettable, beautiful sensory experience that truly defies description.

“Perhaps the oddest, certainly the most playful product of lockdown cinema.” – Screen Daily

In Cinema

Sun 15 Aug 7:00 pm [15161]
ACMI 2
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Sun 22 Aug 9:15 pm [14541]
ACMI 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
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Key Cast
Carloto Cotta, Crista Alfaiate, João Nunes Monteiro
Directors
Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes
Producers
Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra, Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
Screenwriters
Mariana Ricardo, Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes
Cinematographer
Mário Castanheira
Editor
Pedro Filipe Marques
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: The Match Factory

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