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Walter Salles

Central do brasil (Central Station)

112' - 1997 - Drama - Dialogue: German, Portuguese
Director: Walter Salles Composer: Antonio Pinto, Jacques Morelenbaum With: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra
Dora, an ex-teacher, earns a living writing letters for the illiterate. She sets up shop every morning in the hall at Rio de Janeiro station. People from all over the country cluster around her, some in the hope of making contact with lost relatives, others wanting to write a love letter. Dora's daily life is governed by a rigid routine. She only ever sees three locations: her tiny apartment, the station and the crowded suburban train with which she commutes to work and back again. Suddenly her life changes dramatically when a woman for whom she has just written a letter is the victim of a fatal accident. The letter was addressed to the customer's husband, who had left her. She wanted to persuade him to meet her again and be introduced to his son…

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Walter Salles


Antonio Pinto, Jacques Morelenbaum


Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra


Walter Salles, Marcus Bernstein, João Emanuel Carneiro

Director of Photography

Walter Carvalho


Isabelle Rathery, Felipe Lacerda


Walter Salles, Paulo Brito, Robert Redford, Arthur Cohn

More information


German, Portuguese

Countries of production

Brazil, France



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