Filmmaker Salles focuses on Brazil in new movie

Fri May 16, 2008 2:15am EDT
 
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By Steven Zeitchik

CANNES (Hollywood Reporter) - Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles' career has been characterized by implausibilities.

In 1998, his small drama "Central Station" came out of nowhere to become an indie sensation and garner two Oscar nominations.

His 2004 release "The Motorycle Diaries," about a road trip undertaken by a young Ernesto "Che" Guevara, drove off with nearly $17 million in more than four months of U.S. release. And next he's taking on an iconic book, "On the Road," that no U.S. director has succeeded in getting made.

After an all-night subtitling session in Paris for his latest movie, "Linha de Passe," a picture he co-directed with Daniela Thomas about four brothers facing challenges in contemporary Sao Paulo, the 52-year-old spoke with the Hollywood Reporter Thursday.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: FIRST OFF, WE SHOULD SAY

CONGRATULATIONS FOR GETTING THE FILM DONE IN TIME FOR THE

FESTIVAL.

Walter Salles: I hope we did get it done. I hope we put the subtitles all in the right places. Otherwise it's going to become more of an experimental film. That could make for a very interesting review in the Cahiers du Cinema.   Continued...

 
<p>Brazilian director Walter Salles (R) speaks to the media during a press conference in Havana, June 14, 2004. REUTERS/Rafael Perez</p>