Since 1985, when he founded VideoFilmes with his brother Walter Salles, João Moreira Salles has created numerous documentaries that have been screened around the world, earning more than 300 international awards. His films deal with various public figures, from poets and musicians to politicians, and are based on comprehensive journalistic research. His film “Krajcberg, Poet of Remains” has won him the Best Research Documentary award at the Festival dei Popoli (Florence, Italy), Best Documentary at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Havana, Cuba), and the Golden Toucan for Best TV Program in Rio de Janeiro at the 5th Fest-Rio (Brazil).
In 1999, João Salles and Kátia Lund co-directed “News from a Personal War”, which garnered an Emmy nomination and won the award for Best Documentary at the “It’s All True” Festival in 2000 (São Paulo). His film “Santiago” won Best Documentary at three festivals: Festival Du Réel in Paris, the Miami Film Festival, and the Alba Film Festival in Italy. He also teaches film, and publishes Piauí, a monthly magazine of long-form journalism.
João Moreira Salles will hold two audience sessions, following screenings of his latest film, “In the Intense Now”: