Director of the Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated films Central Station and Behind the Sun.
He attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and first gained attention for his 1995 film Foreign Land.
His first Hollywood film was Dark Water, an adaptation of the 2002 Japanese horror film of the same name.
His father was Brazilian banker, politician, and philanthropist Walter Moreira Salles.
His adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel On the Road was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.