The Tsugua Diaries

  • Australian Premiere
  • Miguel Gomes, Maureen Fazendeiro
  • Portugal (2021)
  • 18+
102 min

Both a comedy about making a film under COVID, and probably the only good film about the pandemic and the sense of time dilation under lockdown. The film is organised like nestling matryoska or babushka dolls – trapping the butterflies in a butterfly house, trapping the actors in another house – and around that lies the film’s fourth wall and us, all waiting to escape our enclosure.

Acclaimed at Cannes, Portuguese master Miguel Gomes (Tabu, Arabian Nights) and Maureen Fazendeiro’s The Tsugua Diaries follows the logic of our pandemic, setting up an intricate set of ever-changing rules and obligations before finding the tricks of life within.

“Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro deliver the oddest, most playful product of lockdown cinema.” – Screen Daily

  • Language
    Portuguese, Romanian
  • Director
    Miguel Gomes, Maureen Fazendeiro
  • Cast
    Crista Alfaiate, Carloto Cotta, João Nunes Monteiro
  • Screenwriter
    Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
  • Genre

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