Walter Salles

Walter Salles


What you hope for from a film is to allow spectators to live through an experience that might somehow affect you, or affect other people, and they will think about it. That is something that a film should do.    


Salles (Brazil, 1956) attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. After a number of TV projects, he made the feature film FOREIGN LAND (1995), which was acclaimed in Brazil and was screened and numerous film festivals around the world. His next film was CENTRAL STATION (1998), which earned Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Fernanda Montenegro) and Best Foreign Language Film. After O PRIMEIRO DIA (1998) and BEHIND THE SUN (2001), he directed his biggest international hit, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (2004), about a young Che Guevara. The Spanish-language biopic was also the director's first non-Portuguese film. In 2005, he helmed his first Hollywood project, the supernatural thriller DARK WATER starring Jennifer Connelly. He also wrote and directed LINHA DE PASSE (2008, Best Actress honors at Cannes for Sandra Corveloni) and ON THE ROAD, starring Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.

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