António da Cunha Telles – O Cerco AKA Besieged AKA The Circle (1970)

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A young woman leaves her abusive husband to become the mistress of a married American living in Lisbon. He pays for her apartment, and she becomes a model. After an affair with a photographer and a small-time drug dealer, she manages to liberate herself from her dependency on male authority figures. She brings a new attitude and newfound personal freedom into her life while fighting in a society not ready to accept her views in this poignant drama. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

A portrait of the Portuguese urban society of the seventies. The story of Marta, a young and pretty girl who leaves her husband in search of her true identity. She doesn’t quite know what she wants, but at least she knows what she’s escaping from. Soon she encounters financial difficulties and finds herself involved with shady characters, a situation that leads to a mysterious murder.
She is trapped…
An outstanding performance by Maria Cabral.






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António da Cunha Telles was born in Funchal, Madeira Island in 1935. From1955 to 1960, he studied in Paris ,obtaining the following certificates:
– Certificate of the I.D.H.E.C. Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques in Film Direction and Production.
– Certificate of the Institut de Filmologie, Faculté de Lettres de l’Université de Paris (Sorbonne).
– Certificate of the Centre Audiovisuel de l’École Normale Supérieur de St. Cloud.

After returning to Portugal in 1960, he began his career as a producer with the following Feature Films, inventing the “Novo Cinema Português”:
“Verdes Anos” by Paulo Rocha;
“Belarmino” by Fernando Lopes;
“O Crime da Aldeia Velha” by Manuel Guimarães;
“As Ilhas Encantadas” by Carlos Villardebó;
“Catembe” by Faria de Almeida;
“Domingo à Tarde” by António Macedo;
“O Trigo e o Joio” by Manuel Guimarães;
“Mudar de Vida” by Paulo Rocha

And co-produced:
“Vacances Portugaises” by Pierre Kast;
“Le Triangle Circulaire” by Pierre Kast;
“La Peau Douce” by François Truffaut.

Directed the following feature films:
“O Cerco” in 1969;
“Meus Amigos” in 1974;
“Continuar a Viver” in 1976;
“Vidas” in 1984;
“Pandora” in 1992 ,
“Kiss Me” in 2004.

In 1979 he became Administrator of the I.P.C. – (The Portuguese Film Institute).
From 1978 to 1982 he was Chairman of the Board and Administrator of Tobis – Portuguese Studios and Labs.
President of the Portuguese Motion Pictures Producers Association from 1989 to 1993.
Manager of Animatografo (Production and Distribution Company) and Filmes de Fundo (Production Company).

As a producer and co-producer, Cunha Telles is responsible for more than 200 titles, among which the only Oscar of Portuguese Cinema History – “Belle Epoque” by Fernando Trueba,1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture.





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Language(s):English, Portuguese, French
Subtitles:Portuguese, English, French

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