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70 Directors for Venice 70

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Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1956, he is one of the foremost directors in Brazilian contemporary cinema. After attending the University of Southern Califormia School of Cinematic Arts, in 1986 he began to film a series of documentaries for Brazilian television. In 1991, he made his debut in feature-length films with A grande arte (Exposure), but he achieved real success in 1996 with Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land) and more particularly two years later with the film Central do Brasil (Central Station), winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the Silver Bear for Best Actress to Fernanda Montenegro and the Golden Globe as Best Foreign Film. He participated In Competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2001 with Abril despedaçado (Behind the Sun), the story, set in the Brazilian grasslands, of a boy whose father orders him to avenge his brother’s death, but he knows that this act will radically change his life. In 2004, he confirms his love of road movies in directing one of his most famous films, Diàrios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries), with Gael Garcia Bernal starring as the young Ernesto Guevara: the film won the Jury Prize at the 57th Cannes Film Festival. Also presented at the French film festival were Linha de passe (2008), which won the prize for Best Actress with the star Sandra Corveloni, and On the Road (2012), the first film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s famous beat novel, co-produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Garrett Hedlund in the role of Dean Moriarty and Sam Riley as Sal Paradise.
2001 – Abril despedaçado (Behind the Sun) – In Competition (screenplay, director)


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