Walter Salles

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Walter Salles
Walter Salles at TIFF 2012.jpg
Salles at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival showing of On the Road
Born Walter Moreira Salles, Jr.
(1956-04-12) 12 April 1956 (age 59)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names Waltinho
Occupation Film director, producer and editor
Net worth Increase US$2.6 billion (2011)[1]
Spouse(s) Maria Klabin

Walter Moreira Salles, Jr. (born 12 April 1956) is a Brazilian filmmaker and film producer of international prominence.

Life, family and education[edit]

Salles attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.[2] He is the son of Brazilian banker, politician and philanthropist Walter Moreira Salles.

Film career[edit]

Salles's first notable film was Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land), released in Brazil in 1995. Locally, it was widely acclaimed by film critics and a minor box-office hit, and it was selected by over 40 film festivals worldwide. In 1998 he released Central do Brasil (Central Station) to widespread international acclaim and two Academy Awards nominations, for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Foreign Language Film. In 2001, Abril Despedaçado (Behind the Sun), starring Rodrigo Santoro, was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Golden Globes. Both films were produced by veteran Arthur Cohn and had worldwide distribution.

In 2003, Salles was voted one of the 40 Best Directors in the World by The Guardian. His biggest international success has been Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries), a 2004 film about the life of young Ernesto Guevara, who later became known as Che Guevara. It was Salles's first foray as director of a film in a language other than his native Portuguese (Spanish, in this case) and quickly became a box-office hit in Latin America and Europe.

Salles in 2005

In 2005, Salles released his first Hollywood film, Dark Water, an adaptation of the 2002 Japanese film of the same name. He also helped to produce the Argentine picture Hermanas which was a major success.

In 2006, Salles wrote and directed a segment in the French film Paris, je t'aime (French for "Paris, I love you") with Daniela Thomas. The film is a collection of 18 shorter segments made by different 21 directors and set in different arrondissements of Paris. Salles' segment called "Loin du 16e" (literally: "Far from the 16th") and took place in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

In 2007, Salles took part in a similar project called To Each His Own Cinema (French: Chacun son cinéma) in the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. He made a 3 minute segment called "A 8 944 km de Cannes" (English: 5,557 Miles From Cannes).

In 2008, Salles wrote and directed the film Linha de Passe also with Daniela Thomas.[3] It is a story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams. He was nominated for the Golden Palm and Sandra Corveloni won the best actress award for her role in this film in Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

In 2012 Salles released José Rivera's screenplay adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, with Francis Ford Coppola producing. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5]

Main filmography[edit]

Main Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
1998 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Central Station Won
1998 Cannes Film Festival Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Central Station Won
1998 Havana Film Festival Best Film Central Station Won
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Central Station Nominated
1999 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Central Station Nominated
1999 César Award Best Foreign Film Central Station Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Awards Best Foreign Language Film Central Station Won
1999 São Paulo Association of Art Critics Best Director Central Station Won
1999 São Paulo Association of Art Critics Best Film Central Station Won
2000 BAFTA Awards Best Film Not in the English Language Central Station Won
2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Foreign Language Film Behind the Sun Nominated
2002 BAFTA Awards Best Film Not in the English Language Behind the Sun Nominated
2002 Havana Film Festival Best Director Behind the Sun Won
2002 Havana Film Festival House of the Americas Award Behind the Sun Won
2002 Venice International Film Festival Little Golden Lion Behind the Sun Won
2002 Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion Behind the Sun Nominated
2004 Cannes Film Festival François Chalais Prize The Motorcycle Diaries Won
2005 BAFTA Awards Best Film The Motorcycle Diaries Nominated
2005 BAFTA Awards Best Film Not in the English Language The Motorcycle Diaries Won
2008 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Linha de Passe Nominated
2008 São Paulo Association of Art Critics Best Film Linha de Passe Won
2012 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or On the Road Nominated
2012 Sydney Film Festival Best Direction On the Road Nominated

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