The Tsugua Diaries

Diários de Otsoga

Greek Premiere

Crista, Carloto, and João are building an airy greenhouse for butterflies in the garden. The three of them share household routines, day after day… And they are not the only ones. The oddest, most playful product of lockdown cinema is an exercise in reverse chronology (hence the title’s wordplay), an “in-between” project where the line between life and cinema, documentary and fiction become enchantingly hazy; a whimsical experiment that celebrates the triumph of the imagination and one of the most restorative films of the year.

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Direction: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes
Script: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
Cinematography: Mário Castanheira
Editing: Pedro Filipe Marques
Sound: Miguel Martins
Actors: Crista Alfaiate, Carloto Cotta, João Nunes Monteiro
Production: O Som e a Fúria, Uma Pedra no Sapato
Producers: Luís Urbano, Filipa Reis, Sandro Aguilar, João Miller Guerra
Production Design: Andresa Soares
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Portugal
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 101'
Contact: The Match Factory

Maureen Fazendeiro

Maureen Fazendeiro​​ was born in 1989 in Créteil, France. She studied literature, art, and cinema at Denis Diderot University in Paris. Her films Motu Maeva (2014) and Black Sun (2019) have been selected at international film festivals such as FID Marseille, Toronto, Mar del Plata, Viennale, Valdivia, DocLisboa, Vila do Conde, Torino, Gijon... and have been screened at cinematheques, museums and art fairs (MoMA, Biennale di Venezia, Aichi Triennale, FIAC Paris, and more).


2014 Motu Maeva (short)
2019 Black Sun (short)
2021 The Tsugua Diaries

Miguel Gomes

Miguel Gomes was born in Lisbon in 1972. He graduated from the Lisbon Film and Theatre School and worked as a film critic. Gomes directed several short films presented and awarded in international film festivals and his first feature film The Face You Deserve (2004) was released in Portugal and France. His next feature films, Our Beloved Month of August (Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight 2008), Tabu (Berlinale Official Competition 2012: Alfred Bauer and FIPRESCI awards), and Arabian Nights (a film in three parts, Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, 2015) confirm his international success and projection. Gomes is presently working on Savagery, based on Euclides da Cunha’s masterpiece Os Sertões, and developing The Grand Tour, a fiction feature project, co-written with Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro, and Maureen Fazendeiro.


1999 Meanwhile (short)
2004 The Face You Deserve
2008 Our Beloved Month of August
2015 Arabian Nights
2021 The Tsugua Diaries