Special Presentations | 113 min | 1998


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About the Film

This Brazilian-French drama is an adaptation of the story written by Walter Salles. It follows the bitter former schoolteacher Dora, who makes a living by writing letters for illiterate people in Rio de Janeiro’s main train station. Her life changes dramatically when one of her customers becomes the victim of a fatal accident that occurs right before Dora's eyes. In the letter the woman is trying to persuade her husband to meet her again, so that he could get to know his son. Winner of the Golden Bear at the 48th Berlinale, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, and earned a Golden Globe in the same category at the 56th Golden Globe Awards.

Film Info

Section Special Presentations
Year 1998
Length 113 min
Language Portuguese, German with subtitles in English
Country Brazil, France

Film Credits

Director Walter Salles
Screenplay João Emanuel Carneiro, Marcos Bernstein
Cinematography Walter Carvalho
Music Antonio Pinto, Jaques Morelenbaum
Editing Felipe Lacerda, Isabelle Rathery
Producer Arthur Cohn, Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre
Production Company
Sound Design
Sound Jean-Claude Brisson, François Groult, Mark A. Van Der Willigen
Cast Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra

Film Contacts

Directed by: Walter Salles