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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


    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.



    Central do Brasil

    Trailer (VOSTFR)

    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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    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)

    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 (5)

    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 (3)

    BAFTA - 1999

    BAFTA (Great Britain, 1999)


    Best Foreign Film

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1998

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1998)

    Awards (2)

    Youthness Award

    Audience Prize

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1998

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1998)

    Awards (3)

    Ecumenical Jury Prize

    Silver Bear for Best Actress : Fernanda Montenegro