Let’s be real, the COVID pandemic has lasted more than 18 months. And over that time, Hollywood has been shutdown and reopened, with many filmmakers actually already writing, filming, and releasing features that feature the pandemic as a plot point. That is to say, it’s a little overdone, already. However, “The Tsugua Diaries” might actually be the pandemic project that adds a little spice to the bland lockdown film stew.
As seen in the new trailer for “The Tsugua Diaries,” the feature showcases the rather mundane lockdown life of three people, as they share day-to-day household duties and attempt to inject excitement in their tedious new life. However, filmmakers Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes have a trick up their sleeve. You see, the film plays around with time and structure, as the film begins to unveil itself in reverse order as you learn the origins of what put these three people on a path together.
“The Tsugua Diaries” stars Carloto Cotta, Crista Alfaiate, and João Nunes Monteiro in the aforementioned roles. The film is expected to be the Opening Night feature of this year’s Currents section of the New York Film Festival, where it makes its US Premiere. The film has already been making the festival rounds, having its world premiere at this year’s Cannes and also screening at TIFF, Karlovy Vary, and various other fall events.
A US release has yet to be announced, but judging by the trailer and the response the film has already received, “The Tsugua Diaries” could be the pandemic film that breaks the mold and provides audiences with something a bit different. You can watch the new trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.