BIFF 2020
On the Road

On the Road

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Honk if you’re a beat poet.

Along with Alan Ginsberg’s poem Howl and William Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is widely considered among the premiere works of the beat poets. The story follows a young writer named Sal Paradise, as he sets out on a road trip across the USA in the wake of his father’s death. Travelling along side his friend and hero Dean Moriarty, Paradise goes on a journey which epitomizes the many changes in the mentality and social fabric of 1950’s America.

WALTER SALLES is a Brazilian filmmaker and producer of international prominence. His first feature film was TERRA ESTRANGEIRA (FOREIGN LAND), released in Brazil in 1995. It was selected by over 40 film festivals worldwide. His biggest international success, however, has been DIARIOS DE MOTOCICLETA (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) from 2004. Already in 2003, SALLES was voted one of the 40 best directors in the World by The Guardian. He recently directed the film ON THE ROAD (2012), which already has competed for the Plame d’Or at this year’s film festival in Cannes.