More Walter Salles Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Central Station)Walter Salles' work, both as a documentary and fiction filmmaker centers around the theme of exile and the search for identity. His first feature film Foreign Land, shot in 1995 and co-directed by Daniela Thomas, holds a crucial place in the renaissance of Brazilian cinema. The film won seven international prizes and has been selected by over thirty film festivals. It was named Best Film of the Year in Brazil in 1996, where it played theatrically for over six months. It was shown to great acclaim in the U.S. in 1997.
His documentaries, including Life Somewhere Else (Socorro Nobre) and Krajcberg, the Poet of the Remains, among others, have won awards in many international festivals, including the Fipa D'Or at the Festival International des Programmes Audio-Visuels, and the Best Documentary and the Public's Prize at the Festival dei Popoli in Italy.
Since completing Central Station, which will have its world premiere at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival prior to its showing in competition at Berlin, Salles also directed Minuit (together with Daniela Thomas), a short film for the series 2000 Seen By. . . for the French television station Arte.
Bio courtesy Sony Classics for "Central Station" (08-Dec-2003)