Walter Salles

Walter Moreira Salles Jr. (/ˈsɑːlɪs/;[2] born 12 April 1956) is a Brazilian filmmaker and film producer of international prominence.

Walter Salles
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Salles at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival showing of On the Road
Walter Moreira Salles Jr.

(1956-04-12) 12 April 1956 (age 64)
Other namesWaltinho
OccupationFilm director, producer and editor
Net worthDecrease US$1.8 billion (2020)[1]
Spouse(s)Maria Klabin

Life, family and educationEdit

Walter Salles was born on April 12, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Walter Moreira Salles Jr. Salles attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.[3] He is the son of Brazilian banker, politician and philanthropist Walter Moreira Salles.

Film careerEdit

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. Salles won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the first Brazilian to win a Golden Globe. 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7]


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List of films directed by Walter Salles
Year Original title English release title Language(s) Notes
1986 Japão: Uma Viagem No Tempo   Portuguese TV documentary series. Four episodes.
1987 Krajcberg: O Poeta Dos Vestígios   Portuguese Documentary on Frans Krajcberg.
1988 Marisa Monte   Portuguese Co-directed with Nelson Motta. Documentary and concert film on Marisa Monte.
1989 Chico, ou O País Da Delicadeza Perdida   Portuguese Co-directed with Nelson Motta. Medium-length documentary on Chico Buarque.
1991 A Grande Arte Exposure / The Knife / High Art / Knife Fighter Portuguese, English, Spanish
1995 Un Siécle d'Écrivains   French TV documentary series. One episode.
1995 Terra Estrangeira Foreign Land Portuguese Co-directed with Daniela Thomas.
1995 Tom E A Bossa Nova   Antônio Carlos Jobim: An All-Star Tribute Portuguese, English Last recorded performance of Antônio Carlos Jobim.
1996 Socorro Nobre   Life Somewhere Else Portuguese
1998 Central Do Brasil Central Station Portuguese, German Brazilian-french coproduction.
1999 O Primeiro Dia Midnight Portuguese Co-directed with Daniela Thomas.
1999 Somos Todos Filhos Da Terra   Portuguese Co-directed with Kátia Lund, João Moreira Salles and Daniela Thomas. Short documentary on Adão Dãxalebaradã.
2001 Abril Despedaçado Behind the Sun Portuguese
2002 Castanha E Caju Contra O Encouraçado Titanic   Portuguese Co-directed with Daniela Thomas and George Moura.
2003 Armas E Paz   Guns and Peace None
2004 Diarios de Motocicleta The Motorcycle Diaries Spanish, Quechua, Mapudungun
2005 Dark Water English
2006 Loin du 16e   French, English, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic Co-directed with Daniela Thomas. Segment of Paris, je t'aime (2006).
2007 À 8 944 km de Cannes   5,557 Miles From Cannes Mandarin, English, French, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Yiddish, Arabic Segment of To Each His Own Cinema (2007).
2008 Linha de Passe Portuguese Co-directed with Daniela Thomas.
2010 In Search of the World Portuguese Cinematic essay during the adaptation process of Jack Kerouac's On the Road.
2012 On the Road English, French
2013 Venice 70: Future Reloaded   English Segment director.
2016 Jia Zhang-ke by Walter Salles   Jia Zhang-ke by Walter Salles / Jia Zhang-ke: A Guy from Fenyang Mandarin Documentary on Jia Zhangke.
2017 When the Earth Trembles   Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, English, Chinese Segment of Where Has the Time Gone? (2017).
Ainda Estou Aqui Portuguese
Terra Portuguese
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit English

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Walther Moreira Salles". Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Say How: S". National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  3. ^ "USC Cinematic Arts - Notable Alumni". Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ Bradshaw, Peter; Brooks, Xan; Haskell, Molly; Malcolm, Derek; Pulver, Andrew; Rich, B Ruby; Rose, Steve (14 November 2003). "The world's 40 best directors". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Linha de Passe". 5 September 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  6. ^ "2012 Official Selection". 2012. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". 2012. Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2018.

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