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Walter Salles
Walter Salles

Director

Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles' 1995 feature, Foreign Land (which he co-directed with Daniela Thomas), won Brazil's Silver Daisy Award for Best Film of the Year, among other honors.

His next film, Central Station, was selected for the Sundance-NHK Cinema 100 Award for its screenplay (based on his original story), and world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. Central Station went on to win the awards for Best Film and Best Actress (Fernanda Montenegro) at the Berlin International Film Festival that same year, as well as the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film. The film also received two Academy Award nominations, for Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Actress, and won Brazil's Silver Daisy Award for Best Film of the Year.

Mr. Salles' 2001 feature Behind the Sun, which he directed and co-wrote, was nominated for BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film; and won Brazil's Silver Daisy Award for Best Film of the Year.

In addition to his work as director and screenwriter, his career in feature films also encompasses acting as producer or co-producer of young Brazilian filmmakers' features. He co-produced the multiple Academy Award nominee City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Katía Lund; and produced Karim Ainouz's acclaimed Madame Satã. He is currently producing Cidade Baixa, the first film by his former Assistant Director Sergio Machado; and Andrucha Wattington's The House of Sand.

Mr. Salles' next film as director is the American-made feature, Dark Water, a thriller starring Jennifer Connelly.