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Central Station (1998) More at IMDbPro »Central do Brasil (original title)

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Central Station -- An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who write letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, in search for the father he never knew.

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Release Date:
20 November 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He was looking for the father he never knew. She was looking for a second chance. See more »
Plot:
An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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This film explains how Hollywood has lost touch with reality See more (260 total) »

Cast

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Fernanda Montenegro ... Isadora

Marília Pêra ... Irene
Vinícius de Oliveira ... Josué
Soia Lira ... Ana
Othon Bastos ... Cezar
Otávio Augusto ... Pedrão
Stela Freitas ... Yolanda
Matheus Nachtergaele ... Isaías
Caio Junqueira ... Moisés
Socorro Nobre ... Dora's Client
Manoel Gomes ... Dora's Client
Roberto Andrade ... Dora's Client
Sheyla Kenia ... Dora's Client
Malcon Soares ... Dora's Client
Maria Fernandes ... Dora's Client
Maria Marlene ... Dora's Client
Christano Camargo ... Dora's Client
Jorseba-Sebastiano Oliveira ... Dora's Client
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andréa Albuquerque ... Dora's Client
Sidney Antunes ... Crente
Rita Assemany ... Jessé's Wife
João Braz ... Photo stall owner
Patrícia Brás ... Dora's Client
Marcelo Carneiro ... The thief
Telma Cunha ... Lipstick woman
José Pedro da Costa Filho ... Cameló
Felícia de Castro ... Cashier
Marcos de Lima ... Bené's Son
Preto de Linha ... Shoeshine Man
Harildo Deda ... Bené
Antonio Dos Santos ... Dora's Client
Berto Filho ... Romeiro 1
Fernando Fulco ... F-street man
Gildasio Leite ... Man in the bus
Sônia Leite ... Woman in the bus 1
Edivaldo Lima ... Jessé's Son
Nanego Lira ... Nordeste preacher
Diego Lopes Filho ... Cachier
Dona Luzia ... Pilgrim singingin truck
Antônio Marcos ... Singer
Mário Mendes ... João - Yolanda's husband
Maria Menezes ... Waitress
Estelina Moreira da Silva ... Woman in the bus 2
Esperança Motta ... Prostituta
Manuel José Neves ... Walkman owner
Antonieta Noronha ... Violeta
José Pereira da Silva ... Dora's Client
Zezão Pereira ... Bus driver
Everaldo Pontes ... Dora's Client
José Ramos ... Pilgrims' driver
Iami Rebouças ... Woman of the photo
João Rodrigues ... Praying pilgrim 2
Gideon Rosa ... Jessé
Inaldo Santana ... Dora's Client in Nordeste
Cícero Santos ... Dora's Client
Dona Severina ... Praying pilgrim 1
Eliane Silva ... Dora's Client
Ingrid Trigueiro ... Dora's Client

Sergio Kato ... Dora's Client (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Salles 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcos Bernstein  writer
João Emanuel Carneiro  writer
Walter Salles  story

Produced by
Lillian Birnbaum .... executive producer
Paulo Brito .... associate producer
Afonso Coaracy .... line producer
Arthur Cohn .... producer
Paulo Carlos De Brito .... associate producer
Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre .... producer
Jack Gajos .... associate producer
Thomas Garvin .... executive producer
Donald Ranvaud .... executive producer
Robert Redford .... producer
Walter Salles .... producer
Elisa Tolomelli .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Jaques Morelenbaum 
Antonio Pinto 
 
Cinematography by
Walter Carvalho 
 
Film Editing by
Felipe Lacerda 
Isabelle Rathery 
 
Casting by
Sérgio Machado 
 
Production Design by
Cassio Amarante 
Carla Caffé 
 
Costume Design by
Cristina Camargo 
 
Makeup Department
Antoine Garabedian .... head makeup artist
 
Production Management
Beto Bruno .... production supervisor
Afonso Coaracy .... production manager
Leonardo Oest .... assistant production manager
Wellington Pingo .... assistant production manager
Claudia Reis .... assistant production manager
Severo Santos .... assistant production manager
Marcelo Torres .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
João Emanuel Carneiro .... second assistant director
Vinicius Coimbra .... assistant director: Rio de Jameiro
Kátia Lund .... first assistant director
Sérgio Machado .... second assistant director
Cláudia Tavores .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Moisés Alexandre .... set painter: Pernambuco
Isac Caffé .... set painter
Mônica Costa .... set designer
Joana Côrtes .... art department trainee
Almir de Azevédo .... art researcher: Pernambuco
Cristiana Duarte .... art department trainee
Paulo Dubois .... set constructor
Cristiana Javier .... art department trainee
Marcelo Larrea .... assistant art director
Marcelo Larrea .... set designer
Leão .... set constructor: Pernambuco
Zé Luca .... set designer
Joana Mureb .... art department trainee
Joana Penna .... art department trainee
Roberta Pupo .... art department trainee
Marcos Sachs .... set painter
Edmilson Santana .... set constructor: Pernambuco
Marcelo Silva de Lima .... property assistant
 
Sound Department
Jean-Claude Brisson .... sound
Manuel de Souza .... assistant sound editor
Fernando Duca .... boom operator
François Groult .... sound
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Olivier Marlangeon .... foley artist
Bruno Tarrière .... sound mixer
Mark A. Van Der Willigen .... sound
Waldir Xavier .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Mauricio Couto Bevilaqua .... special effects supervisor
Sergio Farjalla Jr. .... special effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Bellezia .... second assistant camera
Marcelo Brasil .... first assistant camera
Walter Carvalho .... still photographer
Valdemir Cezar .... key grip: Rio de Janeiro
Claudio Gustavo da Silva .... camera trainee
Hallfman de Amar .... grip
Marcos de Noronha .... best boy
Geraldo Ferreira .... electrician
Natanael Golçalves Souza .... grip
José Gomes .... grip
Marco T. Guglielmoni .... steady cam operater
Júlio Guimarães .... grip
Guzulinha .... grip
Ulisses Malta Jr. .... electrician
Paulo Oliveira .... electrician
Valdeci Pires .... grip
Paula Prandini .... still photographer
Ricardo Sa .... still photographer
Manoel Severino .... grip
 
Casting Department
Daniela Braga .... casting assistant
Denise del Cueto .... children casting: Rio de Janeiro
Nilse Oliveira .... casting assistant
Gisele Tolomelli .... casting trainee
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cacelda Fernandes Da Silva .... costume support
Maria Helena Ferreira .... costume support
Marta Macedo .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
João Cutileiro Nunes .... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
João Nunes .... first assistant editor (as Joao Nunes)
Patrick Thauvin .... negative cutter
 
Location Management
Selma Santos .... location manager
 
Music Department
Bernardo Bessler .... musician: violin
Marie Christine S. Bessler .... musician: viola
Michel Bessler .... musician: violin
Luiz Brasil .... musician: guitar, viola, and mandolin
Chico César .... composer: song: "Mama África"
José Alves da Silva .... musician: violin
João Daltro de Almeida .... musician: violin
Denner de Castro Campolina .... musician: double bass
Ricardo Amado de Silva .... musician: violin
Walter Hack .... musician: violin
Márcio Malard .... musician: cello (as Márcio Eymard Malard)
Edu Morelembaum .... musician: piano
Jaques Morelenbaum .... musician: cello
Giancarlo Pareschi .... musician: violin
Jesuína N. Passaroto .... musician: viola
Paschoal Perrotta Cordas .... music arranger: strings
Paschoal Perrotta Cordas .... musician: violin
Antonio Pinto .... musician: piano
Jorge Kundert Ranevsky .... musician: cello
Siba .... musician: rebec
Marcos Suzano .... musician: percussion
Emmanuel Chamboredon .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Sueli Mattos .... transportation manager
 
Other crew
Claude Abeille .... lawyer
Gilmard Amaro .... trainee production assistant
Daniela Arantes .... production assistant
Ilsa Baptista .... executive assistant
Claudia Bejarano .... production secretary
Vera Bonilha .... assistant acting coach
Eduardo Colombiano .... trainee production assistant
José Antonio Da Silva .... personnel department
José Carlos Da Silva .... personnel department
Isabelle Davis .... production assistant
Edouard de Chabaneix .... production assistant
Jacques Dubecq .... production administrator
Thomas Garvin .... lawyer
Zenilda Grimm .... personnel department
Alice Lefrançois .... production assistant
Mónica Lima .... production assistant
Anna Luiza Müller .... publicist
Wellington Pingo .... set manager
Adelina Pontual .... continuity
Claudia Reis .... trainee production assistant
Eudes Santos .... production assistant
Wellington Silva .... production assistant
Fátima Toledo .... coach (as Maria Fatima Toledo)
Fátima Toledo .... training of actors: Josué (as Maria Fatima Toledo)
 
Thanks
Waldenor Alves Pereira Filho .... thanks
Fabrizia Amarante .... thanks
Dona Angelina .... thanks
Marli Araujo de Macedo .... thanks
André Bei .... thanks
Sophie Bernard .... thanks
Dominique Boitelet .... thanks
Clovis Bueno .... thanks
Elizaberh Campos .... thanks
Eliana Carneiro .... thanks
Naira Carneiro .... thanks
Angela Chequeti .... thanks
Paula Chevallet .... thanks
Olivier Chiavassa .... thanks
Germano Coelho Filho .... thanks
Jean-Jacques Compère .... thanks
Marcos Cotrim .... thanks
Patricia Cunha .... thanks
Kikika da Costa Loureiro .... thanks
Isabel da Costa Svoboda .... thanks
Maria de Fatima da Silva .... thanks
Francisco de Assis Menezes .... thanks
Reginaldo de Castro Barbosa .... thanks
Antonio Fernando de Franceschi .... thanks
Pierre de Rohan Chabot .... thanks
Marcelo Dias Alves .... thanks
Rosa Duran Castro .... thanks
Veronique Durand .... thanks
Elaine Falconi .... thanks
Carlos Fenerich .... thanks
Maria Fernandes .... thanks
Gabriel Jorge Ferreira .... thanks
Keila Filadelfo .... thanks
Casablanca Finish .... thanks
Jacques Forgeas .... thanks
Master Frio Bebedouro .... thanks
João Galhardo Junior .... thanks
Milton Gonçalves .... thanks
Vera Hamburguer .... thanks
Elizabeth Jaguaribe .... thanks
Verônica Julian .... thanks
Maira Jung .... thanks
Eduardo Lannes .... thanks
Antônio Lauro Costa .... thanks
Paul Linhares .... thanks
Bernadeth Lira .... thanks
Milton Longobardi .... thanks
Ana Maria Mariani .... thanks
Yves Marmion .... thanks
George Marques .... thanks
Isabel Christina Martins Monteiro .... thanks
Jorge Melquisedeque .... thanks
Guilherme Menezes de Andrade .... thanks
Frédéric Mitterrand .... thanks
Maninha Moraes .... thanks
Pedro Moreira Salles .... thanks
Padre Murilo .... thanks
Christian Ninnaud .... thanks
Ana Paula Nogueira .... thanks
Olga Paiva .... thanks
Luciana Penna .... thanks
Carmen Perrotta .... thanks
Beth Pessoa .... thanks
Alice Pinheiro da Costa .... thanks
Vilma Gontijo Alves Pinto .... thanks (as Vilma Gontillo Alves Pinto)
Ciro Pirondi .... thanks
Marlene Porto .... thanks
Hélio Ribeiro .... thanks
José Ricci .... thanks
Fernando Rodrigues .... thanks
Teresa Rodrigues .... thanks
Eduardo Saphira .... thanks
Eli Shurtz Pereira .... thanks
Arlete Siaretta .... thanks
Tatiana Stepanenko .... thanks
Claudio Taboada .... thanks
Edgard Tenenbaum .... thanks
Daniela Thomas .... thanks
Catherine Tocheport .... thanks
Ziraldo .... thanks (as Ziraldo Alves Pinto)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Central do Brasil" - Brazil (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
113 min | Canada:115 min | Finland:110 min | Netherlands:108 min | Germany:108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Vinicius de Oliveira, a shoeshine boy, beat out more than 1,500 other young actors for the role of Josué.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dora's Client:[dictating a letter] My darling, My heart belongs to you. No matter what you've done, I still love you. I love you. While you're locked in there all those years, I'll be locked up out here, waiting for you.
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Preciso me encontrarSee more »

FAQ

What happened to Josue's Father?
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48 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
This film explains how Hollywood has lost touch with reality, 30 July 2009
Author: Benoît A. Racine (benoit-3) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

It took me 10 years to learn of this film's existence. I'm very sorry I wasn't paying more attention. It came out at a time when I had pretty much given up on films in general and Hollywood films in particular.

How was I to know that somewhere in the world a courageous director chose to film a story that didn't involve sex, comic-book sadistic or crime-glorifying violence, fake superheroics or CGI-augmented horror? How was I to know that not all Latin directors were involved in a world of idiotic and heartless self-centered proto-fascistic make-believe like, say, Guillermo Del Toro? How was I to know that Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro who got robbed of an Oscar by Gwyneth Paltrow in the almost preternaturally ridiculous and superficial "Shakespeare In Love" gave a performance that is rarely imaginable at the movies? Or that Brazil could produce a film that can rival Murnau's "Sunrise" or the neo-realist masterpieces of Vittorio De Sica for the title of "best film ever made"?

I watched this multi-leveled, multi-faceted reflexion piece dubbed in French late one recent Sunday night on Radio-Canada while recovering from the flu. The tears I cried were very good for my sinus condition. But they were also cried for the fact that I was such an idiot for having let this film slip by.

If you haven't seen it yet, there is still time. Watch it and ask yourself: What happened to America that it can't tell simple, moving and true stories like this one anymore? You won't have to cry but you will anyway.

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