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Walter Salles distinguished with FIAF Award

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Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker and member of the jury of LEFFEST in 2018, has received the prestigious FIAF Award presented by the International Federation of Film Archives.

Since 2001, when Martin Scorsese received the first FIAF Award for his pioneer work in the field of film preservation, the prize has been presented to film personalities that demonstrate an exceptionable commitment toward cinema and archival work. The recipient of the award is selected, each year, by the FIAF Executive Committee based on a shortlist of nominations by staff members of FIAF affiliated archives all over the world.

Salles follows a long list of recipients of the award, the most recent being Jean-Luc Godard, who was distinguished during the 75th FIAF Congress in Lausanne in April 2019. One of the most internationally respected and renowned personalities of Brazilian cinema, Salles was honoured for his “commitment to the preservation of film heritage”.

In 2018, Salles was a guest of LEFFEST, where he served as member of the jury of the Official Competition, and his work was payed tribute to through a selection of his films which included Central Brasil (1998), winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

In its announcement of the 2020 award, FIAF also expressed its support and solidarity with its three affiliates in Brazil – the Cinemateca Brasileira, Cinemateca do MAM, and Arquivo Nacional – “for their unwavering commitment to the cause of cinema in Brazil in today’s extremely worrying political context”.
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