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Walter Salles

Walter Salles most recently directed Motorcycle Diaries, based on the diaries of Ernesto Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado, about their exploratory trip across Latin America in 1952. The film garnered both critical and audience acclaim at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals-and went on to receive two Academy Award nominations and win the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In 2001, Salles directed Behind the Sun, which won the Audience Award (Leoncini d'Oro) at the 58th Venice Film Festival and was nominated for both the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. Central Station, his previous film, won the Sundance-NHK Cinema 100 Award for its screenplay in 1996 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. Central Station went on to win 55 international awards, including the Golden Bear for Best Film and Best Actress at the Berlin Film festival that same year, the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999, and two Academy Award nominations. Salles' 1995 feature, Foreign Land, won eight international features including Brazil's Best Film of the Year.

In addition to his feature-film directing, Salles also acts as producer or co-producer of young filmmakers' features in Brazil. He co-produced director Fernando Meirelles' City of God, which garnered four 2004 Academy Award nominations, and produced Karim Ainouz's Madame Satã. He most recently produced Julia Solomonoff's Argentinian film Hermanas.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Walter Salles Facts

BirthdayApril 12, 1956 (67)
BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

Selected Filmography

The Motorcycle Diaries
Dark Water
Paris Je T'aime
On The Road
Central Station
Behind The Sun
Life Is What You Make It
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