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Also Known As: Walter Salles Jr., Walther Salles Jr. Died:
Born: April 12, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro, BR Profession: director, screenwriter, editor

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For a director more interested in following his creative intuition than calculating his career, Walter Salles won several awards and international acclaim which helped him earn a reputation as one of Brazil's leading filmmakers. After starting his career directing documentaries in the 1980s, Salles transitioned to narrative filmmaking with "A Grande Arte" (1991) and earned international attention for the socially conscious "Terra Estrangeira" (1995). In collaboration with Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, he received Oscar consideration with "Central Station" (1998) and enhanced his reputation as a striking filmmaker with "Behind the Sun" (2001). But it was the widely hailed road movie, "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004) that allowed Salles to gain a foothold in Hollywood proper, leading to directing the remake of the Japanese horror thriller "Dark Water" (2005) and the long-developed adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" (2012). As he continued making films in his native Brazil, Salles had broken through in the States, where he continued rising in prominence while making creatively challenging films.

For a director more interested in following his creative intuition than calculating his career, Walter Salles won several awards and international acclaim which helped him earn a reputation as one of Brazil's leading filmmakers. After starting his career directing documentaries in the 1980s, Salles transitioned to narrative filmmaking with "A Grande Arte" (1991) and earned international attention for the socially conscious "Terra Estrangeira" (1995). In collaboration with Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, he received Oscar consideration with "Central Station" (1998) and enhanced his reputation as a striking filmmaker with "Behind the Sun" (2001). But it was the widely hailed road movie, "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004) that allowed Salles to gain a foothold in Hollywood proper, leading to directing the remake of the Japanese horror thriller "Dark Water" (2005) and the long-developed adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" (2012). As he continued making films in his native Brazil, Salles had broken through in the States, where he continued rising in prominence while making creatively challenging films.

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  Dark Water (2005)
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  Motorcycle Diaries, The (2002) Director
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  BEHIND THE SUN (2001) Director
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  Central Station (1998) Director
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  First Day, The (1998) Director
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  Socorro Nobre (1996) Director
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  Terra Estrangeira (1996) Director
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  Exposure (1991) Director

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Raised in France and the U.S.
1981:
Made first documentary film
1991:
Directed first feature film "A Grande Arte/Exposure"
1996:
With Daniela Thomas, co-directed "Terra Estrangeira/Foreign Land"; also co-wrote script
1998:
Helmed breakthrough feature "Central Station/Central do Brasil"
1998:
With Daniela Thomas, co-wrote and co-directed the short "Midnight/Meia Noite"; exhibited at the Locarno Film Festival; Brazilian contribution to film series "2000 vue ..."
2001:
Reteamed with producer Arthur Cohn to direct "Behind the Sun"; film nominated for a Golden Globe Award in Best Foreign Language category
2004:
Directed "The Motorcycle Diaries," based on the journals of Cuban Revolution leader Che Guevara; film recounted his adventures while crossing South America by motorcycle in early 1950s; received Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director
2005:
Directed Jennifer Connelly, Tim Roth, and John C. Reilly in "Dark Water," a remake of Hideo Nakata's horror classic "Honogurai mizu no soko kara"
2006:
Wrote and directed "Loin du 16e" segment in film anthology "Paris, je t'aime"
2008:
Co-directed with Thomas drama feature "Linha de Passe"
2012:
Helmed feature adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

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father:
Walther Moreira Salles. Diplomat. Served as Brazilian ambassador to France and the USA; died on February 27, 2001 at age 88.
mother:
Elizinha Goncalves. Deceased.
step-mother:
Helene Matazarro.
brother:
Joao Salles. Documentarian. In 1986 the brothers formed a production company, Videofilmes.
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