João Moreira Salles
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Santiago is a documentary about an unfinished film. Santiago served as a butler in the house the director grew up in. He was a man of vast culture and a prodigious memory, one whose idiosyncrasies left an indelible mark on the memories of the family. In 1992, the director tried and failed to make a film about him, and in 2005 he returned to the footage to find the reason why he gave up on it. Santiago is a film about identity, memory, and the very nature of documentary film.

Awards and festivals

- Festival Cinéma du Réel - Best Documentary, Paris (2007)
- Alba Film Festival, Italy - Best Film according to popular vote at the AIFF (2007)
- Latin American Film Festival, Lima - Best Documentary (2007)
- Discovering Latin America Film Festival , London - Best film according to popular vote (2007)
- Miami Film Festival - Best Documentary (2007)
- Brazilian Film Academy, Brazil - Best Documentary and Best Editing (2008)
- Brazilian Association of Camera Operators - Best Editing (2008)
- Tribeca Film Festival (2007)
- Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (2007)
- DocLisboa - International Competition (2007)
- Brazilian Film Festival of Paris (2007)
- Argentine Film Critics Association - Nominated for the Best Foreign Film (2011)

Biography of the director

João Moreira Salles
Documentary filmmaker. In 1985 he wrote the screenplay for the documentary series Japan, a Journey in Time. In 1987 he directed China, The Empire of the Center and wrote the screenplay for Krajberg, the Poet of the Remains. Two years later he directed the television series America and the documentary Poetry is One or Two Lines and Behind it a Huge Landscape about poet Ana Cristina César. In 1990 he directed Blues. For cable channel GNT, he directed the documentary Jorge Amado, about race relation in Brazil and the series Football, co-directed with Arthur Fontes. Together with Katia Lund, he directed News of a Personal War, about urban violence in Brazil. In 2000 he directed The Valley, a documentary about the environmental devastation of the Paraíba Valley and Santa Cruz: Holy Cross about the growth of an evangelical church in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Both these films were made with journalist Marcos Sá Corrêa. In 2002, João Salles directed Nelson Freire, his first documentary for cinema. In recent years he has directed Intermissions (2004), Santiago (2007), In the Intense Now (2017) and has produced Last Conversations, the last documentary film by Eduardo Coutinho, who died in 2014.

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Saturday 12

  • 19:30 h
  • Casa de América. Cine Iberia
Data sheet
João Moreira Salles
Portuguese - Subtitled in Spanish
Walter Carvalho, A. B. C.
Eduardo Escorel, Livia Serpa
Jorge Saldanha
Beto Bruno
Production company