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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Zabaltegi - Festivals Top

Retired schoolteacher Dora earns a living writing letters for the illiterate at Rio de Janeiro's central station. The inhabitants of the poor areas jostle around her in order to have letters written to missing members of their families, send declarations of love or exchange news about their lives. The passing of time has made Dora completely indifferent to the importance of her mission and she arbitrarily sends some of the letters and throws others away. Among her clients are Ana and her nine-year-old son, Josué. One day Ana is killed by a bus and Dora decides to take the boy in search of his father, who lives in a remote part of north-east Brazil.
Walter Salles' work as a documentary and film director centres on exile and the search for identity. Terra estrangeira (1995), co-directed with Daniel Thomas, was screened in the Zabaltegi section of the San Sebastian Festival, and was named the best Brazilian film of the year in 1996. His most recent work, also in collaboration with Thomas, is Minuit, which was shot as part of the series 2000 Seen By by the French-German television channel, Arte.
Walter Salles
Joao Emanuel Carneiro, Marcos Bernstein
Walter Carvalho
Antonio Pinto, Jacques Morierbaum
Fernanda Montenegro, Marilia Pera, Vinicius de Oliveira
Running Time
108 m.
Brazil - France
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