2021
Miguel Gomes, Maureen Fazendeiro

DIÁRIOS DE OTSOGA
JOURNAL DE TÛOA

Portugal, France / 2021 / 98’

Miguel Gomes, Maureen Fazendeiro
Turning back time… Maureen Fazendeiro and
Miguel Gomes invent a new use for this fantasy.
It’s an unquestionably uplifting way of filming,
creating shots and living together while making
a movie. Here, turning back time involves turning
the disastrous experience of COVID into the
invention of a paradise where, for the duration of
the shoot, everyone has a place, from the actors
and actresses to the Moldavian workers, the
domestic staff, the technical crew, and even the
animals. Narrating a lockdown diary in reverse
turns reclusion into an exercise of paradoxical
collective freedom, sharing insouciance
and beauty. The frame woven by Gomes and
Fazendeiro is like the frame of the tropical
greenhouse built by the three actors, light and
shimmering but closely woven enough to catch
hold of the butterflies and all the ephemeral
beauty that exudes from a shared life. (Cyril
Neyrat et Jean-Pierre Rehm)

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Miguel Gomes, Maureen Fazendeiro

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