Was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. More importantly, features a tale that you've never heard before. Hopefully, no one from Bollywood or Tollywood is going to be here.
As part of the monthly film screenings for its members, the Hyderabad Film Club is screening Central Station, a Brazil film By Walter Salles, this Thursday evening, at the Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre.
Rio de Janeiro’s main train station is Central do Brasil. Dora (Fernanda Montenegro) makes her living by writing letters for illiterate people passing through. In providing this service, she learns complicated details of the lives of her clients. Some, desperately trying to communicate with a lost lover or family member, pour out their hearts. Among her clients are Ana (Soia Lira) and her 9-year-old son Josue (Vinicius de Oliveira), whose dream is to meet his father, whom he has never seen.
Little do Dora’s clients realize that the letters she has written for them are not always sent. She sits each evening with her lonely neighbour, Irene (Marilla Pera), and reads the letters aloud. Since Dora charges extra for mailing, she makes an extra profit if she opts to not send the letter. She and Irene decide which letters will be sent and which will be thrown away. Any letter that they are unsure of, as with Ana's and Josue’s, are put in a drawer.
After dictating a second letter to Josue’s father, Ana is struck and killed by a bus. Leaving Josue alone and helpless, wandering aimlessly around the station. His only connection to Rio de Janeiro is Dora.
Dora is ashamed of her initial reaction, which is to consider making a profit off the child. She determines to re-unite Josue with his father. The pair embark upon a journey that covers far more than terrain.
The film won the Audience Award and the Youth Jury Award from the San Sebastian International Film Festival (1998). It also won the Golden Bear Award from the Berlin International Film Festival, while Ferdanda Montenegro won the Silver Bear for Best Actress (1998), the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress (1998) and the National Board of Review Award (USA 1998). Central Station was nominated for a 1999 Golden Globe Award and for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
The screenings are open only for invitees and members of the Hyderabad Film Club. For details regarding membership and screenings, please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243.