Date: 6 March 2014
Title: Central do Brasil
Director: Walter Salles
Language: Portuguese (English Subtitles)
Duration: 110 minutes
Key Actors: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra
On Brazilian Cinema: From Mário Peixoto’s Limite to Walter Salles: Click Here
The Guardian: Click Here
Shooting down Pictures: Click Here
From Google Books: "Latin American Cinema: Essays on Modernity, Gender and National Identity": Click Here
OffScreen: Click Here
Therein, Therein: Click Here
Film.U-Net: Click Here
SfGate on Walter Salles: Click Here
Article: Central Station and Issues of Identity in Film Form: Click Here
Article: Reframing Utopia: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema: Click Here
Synopsis: (from first link above)
This is the story of a journey by a former schoolteacher, now a professional letter writer for illiterate people, and a young boy attempting to locate a father he never knew. It is a geographical quest that goes from the metropolis of São Paulo up to the rural regions of the northeast. It is a search on different levels: the quest for a personal relationship between the former teacher and the boy, a quest by the boy for his father, and also a quest for what might be called the "fatherland".
Berlin Film Festival in 1998: the film and the actress Fernanda Montenegro received the main awards. Central Station was elected Best Foreign Film by the British Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
Walter Salles: (From Shooting down Pictures: Click Here)
For a director more interested in following his creative intuition than calculating his career, Brazilian-born Walter Salles has won several awards and international acclaim, and earned a reputation as one of Brazil’s leading filmmakers. Born in Rio de Janeiro into a well-to-do family-his father was a prominent banker and diplomat-Salles lived in France and the United States before resettling in his native country. After a stretch as an award-winning documentarian in the 1980′s, Salles turned to feature films with “Exposure” (“A Grande Arte”, 1991), a thriller about a photographer avenging the death of a prostitute. Though he continued to make documentaries-mainly for European television-Salles began to thrive in the feature world, starting with his second effort, “Foreign Land” (“Terra Estrangeira”, 1995).
Co-directed with fellow Brazilian Daniela Thomas, “Foreign Land’ was a beautifully filmed drama set in Brazil during the economic crisis of 1990. The film toured the festival circuit-including Rotterdam, Vancouver and Sundance-and furthered Salles desire to tell stories about Brazil’s history of economic hardship. His next film, “Central Station” (1998), earned the director a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and a nomination for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Made with grants from the Sundance Institute among other sources, “Central Station” helped establish Salles as prominent member of a new wave of filmmakers emerging from Latin America-a group that included Alfonso Cuaron (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Amores Perros”), and Guillermo del Toro (“Cronos”).
Salles teamed up with co-director Thomas once again for “Midnight” (“O Primeiro Dia”, 1998), Brazil’s entry into ’2000 Seen By…’, a series of millennium-themed films commissioned by French television. With “Behind the Sun” (2001), Salles enhanced his reputation as a prominent foreign director. Set in a remote Brazilian farming community in 1910, this drama about a young man caught in the middle of an age-old family feud earned nominations for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Then in 2004, Salles directed “The Motorcycle Diaries”, a coming of age road film about a young medical student, Ernesto Guevera-who later became celebrated revolutionary Che Guevera-and his friend Alberto Granado, and their journey to discover the real South America. Five years in the making, Salles credited the Sundance Institute and executive producer Robert Redford for being crucial in getting the film made-studios weren’t interested in backing the film, not for political reasons, but for an apparent lack of structure and external conflict. The struggle to get “The Motorcycle Diaries” made paid off, as another Salles film earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film. Meanwhile, Salles made his first foray into the Hollywood system with “Dark Water” (2005), a remake of the Japanese film by Hideo Nakata, starring Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, and Tim Roth.