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. Walter Salles’ 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. Walter
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. Walter Salles biography shows that 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. Walter Salles 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. Walter
Salles biography says that he is currently producing Cidade
Baixa, the first film by his former Assistant Director Sergio
Machado; and Andrucha Wattington's The House of Sand.
Director Walter Salles notes that after making
The Motorcycle Diaries, "If there's one thing I can tell
you about this experience that we shared - 'we' being the group
of people who went on the road together for two years to do
this project - it's that, like Ernesto and Alberto, we were
very different when we got to the end of our journey in comparison
to where we were when we started it." Walter Salles biography
currently concludes that his next film as director is the American-made
feature Dark Water, a thriller starring Jennifer Connelly.