The Tsugua Diaries

by Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes

The Tsugua Diaries


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.


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 Veneza, Aichi Triennale, FIAC Paris...). She collaborates as scriptwriter on Miguel Gomes next projects, Savagery and Grand Tour. She lives in Lisbon.


2019 Black Sun, OT: Sol Negro (short)
2014 Motu Maeva, OT: Motu Maeva (short)

MIGUEL GOMES was born in Lisbon in 1972. He graduated from the Lisbon Film and Theatre School and worked as 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' Director's 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.


2015 Arabian Nights - Volume 1, The Restless One, OT: As Mil e Uma Noites - Volume 1, O Inquieto
2015 Arabian Nights - Volume 2, The Desolate One, OT: As Mil e Uma Noites - Volume 2, O Desolado
2015 Arabian Nights - Volume 3, The Enchanted One , OT: As Mil e Uma Noites - Volume 3, O Encantado
2013 Redemption, OT: Redemption (short)
2012 Tabu, OT: Tabu
2008 Our Beloved Mont of August, OT: Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto
2006 Canticle of All Creatures, OT: Cântico das Criaturas (short)
2004 The Face You Deserve, OT: A Cara que Mereces
2002 Kalkitos, OT: Kalkitos (short)
2002 Thirty-One Means Trouble, OT: Trinta e Um (short)
2000 A Christmas Inventory, OT: Inventário de Natal (short)
1999 Meanwhile, OT: Entretanto (short)


Crista Alfaiate - Crista Alfaiatea
Carloto Cotta - Carloto Cotta
João Nunes Monteiro - João Nunes Monteiro


Screenwriters: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
Assistant Director: Patrick Mendes
Director of Photography: Mário Castanheira
Gaffer: Rui Monteiro
First Assistant Camera: Ricardo Simões
Sound Recordists: Vasco Pimentel, Miguel Martins
Production Designer: Andresa Soares
Cooks: Isabel Cardoso, Adilsa
Script Supervisor & Editor: Pedro Filipe Marques
Sound Editor & Mixer: Miguel Martins
Colorist: Andreia Bertini
Production Manager: Joaquim Carvalho
Producers: Luís Urbano, Filipa Reis, Sandro Aguilar, João Miller Guerra
Directors: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes

Technical Data

Original title: Diários de Otsoga
International title: The Tsugua Diaries
Duration (min.): 102
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Format: 2K

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