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Três tigres tristes

Three Tidy Tigers Tied A Tie Tighter
Still from the film "Três tigres tristes" by Gustavo Vinagre. We see the shoulders and heads of three young people laying down on a concrete bridge, while traffic flows beneath them.
© Cris Lyra
  • Director

    Gustavo Vinagre

  • Brazil / 2022
    86 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


São Paulo, in a dystopian future not so very far from the present. A virus is circulating, one that mainly attacks the brain and the ability to remember. A state that has forgotten a past marked by colonialism and dictatorship desperately awaits some indeterminate “Golden Phase.” Three young queer people drift through a city bled dry by the pandemic and rampant capitalism, remembering each another’s late lovers, sharing their experiences with HIV, getting makeup tips for masked faces and ultimately coming together with others forgotten by society for an antique revue in the salon of a singer named Mirta. In Gustavo Vinagre’s affable, surrealist survey of a politically imposed amnesia, a queer era has dawned in which memories can only survive because they are shared collectively and passed on through affective relationships. Those who spread out in all directions do not collide. And those entirely unconcerned with dying rich and privileged are experiencing the Golden Phase right now. In TRÊS TIGRES TRISTES, the margins of society glitter, forgotten by the pandemic. (Jan Künemund)

Gustavo Vinagre was born in 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He studied literature as well as screenwriting. Gustavo Vinagre screened A rosa azul de Novalis (2019) and Vil, má (2020) at the Berlinale Forum.

Production Rodrigo Carneiro. Production company Carneiro Verde Filmes (São Paulo, Brazil). Director Gustavo Vinagre. Screenplay Gustavo Vinagre, Tainá Mühringer. Cinematography Cris Lyra. Editing Rodrigo Carneiro. Music Marco Dutra, Caetano Gotardo. Sound Rodney Blanco. Sound design Ruben Valdes. Production design Juliana Lobo. Costumes João Marcos de Almeida. Make-up Ebony. Assistant director Beatriz Pomar. Production manager Luiza Ramos. Executive producers Rodrigo Carneiro, Marcos Pimentel. With Isabella Pereira, Jonata Vieira, Pedro Ribeiro, Gilda Nomacce, Carlos Escher, Julia Katharine, Ivana Wonder, Cida Moreira, Everaldo Pontes, Nilceia Vicente.

World sales Gustavo Vinagre & Rodrigo Carneiro

Films: 2012: Filme para poeta cego / Film for Blind Poet (27 min.). 2013: La llamada / The Call (19 min.), Nova Dubai (50 min.). 2014: Mãos que curam / Healing Hands (19 min.). 2015: Chutes / Kicks (24 min.). 2016: Os cuidados que se com o cuidado que os outros devem ter consigo mesmos / The Cares One Takes of the Care Others Must Take of Themselves (21 min.). 2017: Filme-catástrofe / Disaster Film (18 min.), Cachorro / Bitch (14 min.), Medo medo medo / Fear Fear Fear (20 min.). 2018: Lembro mais dos corvos / I Remember the Crows (82 min.). 2019: A rosa azul de Novalis / The Blue Flower of Novalis (70 min.). 2020: Vil, má / Divinely Evil (86 min.). 2021: Desaprender a dormir / Unlearning to sleep (94 min.), Deus tem AIDS / God Has AIDS (82 min.), Monumento ao Wi-Fi / Monument to Wi-Fi (14 min.). 2022: Três tigres tristes / Three Tidy Tigers Tied a Tie Tighter.

Bonus Material

Essay, Director's Statement, Image Gallery, and Video

  • Still from the film "Três tigres tristes" by Gustavo Vinagre. Two individuals lay on each other horizontally, in opposite directions, with their eyes closed.


    In “Where There Is No Time There Is No Death” Sarah-Tai Black reflects on the queer, liberatory imaginings of Gustavo Vinagre’s TRÊS TIGRES TRISTES.

  • Still from the film "Três tigres tristes" by Gustavo Vinagre. We see a heavy made up pet store attendant with artificial orange hair and a face shield.

    Director's Statement

    Gustavo Vinagre details the origins, inspirations, and themes TRÊS TIGRES TRISTES.

  • Pink and black sketches of two figures in different embraces.

    Image Gallery

    A selection of original artwork by Gabriel Pessoto featured in TRÊS TIGRES TRISTE, alongside posters for Gustavo Vinagre’s past films, designed by João Marcos de Almeida.

  • Still from the film "Três tigres tristes" by Gustavo Vinagre. A woman with a park in the background removes an orange face mask while looking offscreen.


    An early short by Gustavo Vinagre, featuring the music of TRÊS TIGRES TRISTE co-star Cida Moreira.

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