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Vatican hands Bresson Prize to Salles

Director seeks finance for Kerouac's 'Road'

Walter Salles on Friday disembarked at the Lido to be honored by the Vatican with its annual Robert Bresson Prize.

Salles was handed the award by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who described himself as the Vatican’s “minister of culture.” With irony, Salles recalled that when he was in a Jesuit-run school he had been chastized by a teacher for seeing movies by directors considered subversive by the church, such as Pierpaolo Pasolini.

Salles also described the body of his work as “being extremely tied to the search for identity” and told Variety that he is still searching for financing for his bigscreen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” which Francis Ford Coppola, who holds the rights, is looking to co-produce.

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