The Circle

D: José Pedro Charlo & Aldo Garay
P: Memoria y Sociedad, SUR Films in Coproduction with Guazú Media, Morocha Films, Parox
supported by Programa Ibermedia, FONA, Montevideo Socio Audiovisual, Instituto Nacional del Audiovisual
2008 · L: 92 min.
Documentary Film

Sales: contact Guazú Media

World Premiere: Buenos Aires International Filmfestival April 2008
'Tupamaro' (Uruguayan guerilla) leader and prisoner held hostage for thirteen years during the Uruguayan dictatorship. Prolonged torture and confinement led to mental disorder. Incredible but he survived. Today he is a Swedish citizen and a scientist renowned for his research into Alzheimer disease. All these lives are harboured in Dr Henry Engler's life.

The scientist of today evokes the prisoner of yesterday, the well in which he was forced to live ,the military in charge of his custody, his comrades in captivity. The film proposes a further journey -an inner one of reflection- which leads us to the prisoner's world of hallucinations and strategies to cope with the inhuman.


Sydney Latin American Film Festival 2009 , Australia:
Audience Award for the best documentary

Festival de la Memoria 2009 , Mexiko:
Premio Zapata for the best camera

Festival de Cine de Derechos Humanos - DerHumALC 2009 , Argentina:
Honorable Mention

Festival de Málaga 2009, Spain:
Biznaga de Plata for the best documentary

Festival Internacional de Documentales Santiago Alvarez In Memoriam 2009, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba:
Best Film, best director, best screenplay

The International Federation of Film Critics - Uruguay (FIPRESCI) 2008:
Best documentary in the category International - plus awards for the best Uruguayan director, the best screenplay of an Uruguayan film and the best camera of an Uruguayan film

Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano 2008, Havanna, Cuba:

Festival del Cinema Latino Americano 2008, Trieste, Italy:
Best film

Internacional de Cinema Bahía 2008, Salvador-Bahía, Brazil:
Best documentary, best documentary - long metrage, best director, best screenplay, best soundtrack

Festival É Tudo Verdade – It’s All True 2008, Sao Paulo, Brazil:
World premiere