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My father was a diplomat for part of his life and I jumped from country to country and culture to culture. ---->>>

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

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

The Peruvian faces are completely different from that faces in Argentina and in Brazil. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

A filmmaker can never be distant from his roots. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I did documentaries for maybe 10 years before I turned to fiction films. ---->>>

I'm much more interested in living specific experiences in films. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

But I also think that the more you reason collectively about what the project should be at the beginning of the process, the more you can improvise later. ---->>>

So I feel a responsibility to help first-time film-makers in Brazil, but also to increase the dialogue between film cultures which are really wonderful and so much closer to us than what we do see on our screens. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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


Walter Salles profile (walter-salles.jpg)
Nationality: Brazilian
Born: 04-12, 1956
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation: Director

Walter Moreira Salles, Jr. (born 12 April 1956) is a Brazilian filmmaker and film producer of international prominence.(wikipedia)