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Central do Brasil

Central do Brasil

A Feature film by Walter Salles

Produced by Mact Productions

Release in France : 02/12/1998

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Mact Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Miramax Films

Foreign production companies :

Riofilme, Videofilmes Distribuidora

French distribution :

Mars Distribution

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Dora, an ex-schoolmistress, has fallen on hard times and is now a public letter-writer at Rio Central Station. Ana and Josué, her son, are two of Dora’s clients. Josué has never seen his father and is hoping to trace him through the mails. Back home, Dora and her neighbor Irene go through the letters she wrote and choose their fate. Some she mails, others she simply throws away. Most, including Josué’s, end up in a drawer. Then Ana and Josué come to see Dora to send another letter. As they leave, Ana is hit by a bus and dies. At first Dora is unmoved by the boy’s distress, but finally she decides to help him find his dad.


I was told the plot of ‘Central do Brasil’ in a café on Rue de Fleurus one day. The film was made thanks to Nathalie Bloch-Lainé from Canal Plus and Frédéric Mitterrand from the Sud Fund, without whose help it could never have existed. (Martine de Clermont Tonnerre)



Central do Brasil

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Full credits (11)

Executive Producer :

Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre

Director of Photography :

Walter Carvalho

Press Attaché (film) :

André-Paul Ricci

Production Designers :

Cassio Amarante, Carla Caffe

Costume designer :

Cristina Camargo

Still Photographer :

Ricardo Sa

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Social comedy

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Coproducer countries :

Brazil, France

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Nationality :

Minority French (Brazil, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 45 min

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Posters (1)


News (2)

Festival Selections (4)

Academy Awards - 1999

Academy Awards (United States, 1999)

Selection (2)

Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Nomination for Best Actress in Leading Role : Fernanda Montenegro

BAFTA - 1999

BAFTA (Great Britain, 1999)


Feature films

Berlin International Film Festival - 1998

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1998)


Official Competition

Awards (2)

BAFTA - 1999

BAFTA (Great Britain, 1999)


Best Foreign Film

Berlin International Film Festival - 1998

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1998)

Awards (3)

Ecumenical Jury Prize

Silver Bear for Best Actress : Fernanda Montenegro