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Walter Salles
April 12, 1956 -
Nationality: Brazilian
Category: Director

Also, there are now new laws in Brazil which create incentives for Argentine and Latin American films to be premiered and distributed in Brazil and vice versa.


On the contrary, I'm a strong believer in the necessity of imperfection coming into the film.


It was a complex endeavor so without Robert Redford's constant support we wouldn't have gotten to the end.


No, I worked a lot for European television, doing documentaries in Brazil.


So when I was very young, I longed for Brazil.


A filmmaker can never be distant from his roots.


The necessity to conceptualise has to come very early on, and defining a vector of development for that film also at the beginning of the process will allow you much more freedom as you go along.


The films that I've done before were original stories most of the time, I did two adaptations before this, but they were mostly original stories where I had complete freedom to evolve in the direction I wanted.


I come from Brazil, which is a Portuguese speaking part of the continent.


The Sundance Institute has been vital to the film communities of Latin America.


So the search for a father in Central Station is also a search for a country.


And my generation in Brazil was influenced by Cinema Novo. So we're echoing what's been done way in the past.


The other aspect is that you become much more aware of the structural problems that pertain to that continent. You feel the need to act to try and solve them.


I went to Cuba maybe eight or nine times.


Also, I knew that the impact of Motorcycle Diaries was going to be so resonant for all of us who went through the experience of making it that I didn't want to do anything that could reflect it.


There are still 500,000 persons afflicted with leprosy in Latin America, so it is still very much present.


When I come to London, I always like to see what's playing at the NFT.


I come from a country and also a continent whose identity is in the making. We're a very young culture, and I think that things are not yet crystallised.


We all knew the book well because it's the cult book in Latin America. For me, this was a sacred territory. I would not have ventured into it by myself.


That's why I have always admired documentaries, because they open windows that can make you understand much better where you come from, much better than fiction, I think.


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