Central Do Brasil (Drama -- Brazilian - French)
A Film By Walter Salles
Portuguese with English sub tiles
11t May 2008 ; 5.45 pm
Ashwin Hospital Auditorium
"Central Station" slowly settles into the pleasures of a road movie, in which we see modern Brazil through the eyes of the characters: the long-haul trucks that are the lifeline of commerce, the sprawling new housing developments, the hybrid religious ceremonies, the blend of old ways and the 20th century. Whether they find the father is not really the point; the film is about their journey and relationship.
The movie's success rests largely on the shoulders of Fernanda
The boy, 10-year-old Vincius de Oliveira, was discovered by the director in an airport, shining shoes. He asked Walter Salles for the price of a sandwich, and Salles, who had been trying for months to cast this role, looked at him thoughtfully and saw young Josue. He plays Josue so well, the performance is transparent.
On a precise but restrained symbolic level, "Central Station" speaks in a cautiously hopeful manner about the possibilities for
Walter Moreira Salles Jr. (born April 12, 1956,
Salles attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.Salles's first notable film was Terra Estrangeira (
His biggest international success has been Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries), a 2004 film about the life of young Ernesto Guevara, who later became known as Che Guevara. It was Salles's first foray as director of a film in a language other than his native Portuguese (Spanish, in this case) and quickly became a box-office hit in Latin America and
In 2005, Salles released his first English-language feature film, which is also his first