The Tsugua Diaries
Friday, May 27, 2022
A genuine touch of magic... certainly the most playful product of lockdown cinema.
A beguiling, sun-soaked movie-about-a-movie puzzle.
There are undeniable pleasures that come from being surprised as The Tsugua Diaries unspools.
Perhaps the most relatable depiction and examination of life under COVID seen thus far in cinema.
Memento for an age of isolation and listlessness.
The rigorous process of moviemaking meets the torpor of pandemic life in this beguiling new film co-directed by Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes (Arabian Nights, NYFF53). A daily journal that unfolds in revelatory reverse order, this playful rug-puller begins by surveying the mundane routines of three housemates (Carloto Cotta, Crista Alfaiate, and João Nunes Monteiro) living in rural peace during the COVID lockdown: impromptu dance parties, cleaning, building a backyard butterfly house. Soon, we discover that there’s more going on beyond the limits of the camera frame. Cockeyed, funny, and slyly meta-cinematic, The Tsugua Diaries, lovingly shot on 16mm, demonstrates the possibility of artistic creation out of sheer will. An NYFF59 selection. A KimStim release.
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