Kiss me

Kiss me

António da Cunha Telles

Vicente Alves do Ó

José António Loureiro

Joao Braz, Margarida Leitao

José Calvario

Animatógrafo II, Filmes de Fundo, Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimédia (ICAM), Lusomundo (associate production)

Marisa Cruz, Nicolau Breyner, Manuel Wiborg, Rui Unas



120 min.


Kiss me

Kiss me

From one of the masterminds of Portuguese cinema, António da Cunha Telles (the inventor of the so-called "Novo Cinema Português" or New Portuguese Cinema), "Kiss Me" narrates the story of Laura, a woman in the early 1950s who incites intense desire and obsessive passions, captivating every man who comes into her orbit. Fleeing from the north of Portugal to the less fascist south, and yearning for the freedom and pleasures of the American Dream, Laura metamorphoses into Marilyn Monroe. As Marilyn, Marisa Cruz's stunning beauty and remarkable acting will leave the audience eager for more minutes in her electrifying company.

Director António da Cunha Telles has produced numerous Portuguese movie blockbusters, including the Academy Award-winning "Belle Epoque," directed by Fernando Trueba.


António da Cunha Telles
Funchal Portugal 1935 – Lisboa, Portugal 2022
Director and producer

Born in 1935, António da Cunha Telles studied Medicine in the University of Lisbon. He went to Paris around 1956 and studied film-making at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques (IDHEC), graduating in 1961. Back to Portugal, he ran a newspaper called Imagens de Portugal (Images of Portugal), and assumed leading functions at the Cinema Services of State Entities. His directing debut was made with the documentary « Os Transportes » (1962), and started activity as a producer, becoming one of the essential names of the Portuguese New Cinema (Novo Cinema) movement. He produced « Os Verdes Anos » (1963) by Paulo Rocha and « Belarmino » (1964) by Fernando Lopes. In 1970, Cunha Telles directed his first feature-film, « O Cerco ». Meanwhile, he established a distribution company (Animatógrafo) which became responsible for a revolution in the kind of cinema seen in Portugal in the first half of the 70’s. Eisenstein, Tanner, Jorge Sanjines, Littín, Glauber Rocha, Vigo, Gilles Carle, Karmitz, among others, became more familiar to the Portuguese audience through that distributor. During the 70’s, Telles directed three films : « Meus Amigos » (1974), « Continuar a Viver » (1976), and « As Armas e o Povo » (1975) together with other directors. In the end of the decade, he was became the leader of the Portuguese Cinema Institute and the Tobis Portuguesa.

◊ Os Transportes (1962) ◊ O Cerco (1970) ◊ Meus Amigos (1974) ◊ As Armas e o Povo (1975) – various directors ◊ Continuar a Viver (1976) ◊ Vidas (1984) ◊ Pandora (1996) ◊ Kiss Me (2004)

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