Brazilian director dies after heart attack

Panaji:  Noted filmamker Rituparno Ghosh, who is attending the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, said he was saddened that there was not a single tweet on the death of young Brazilian director Oscar Marno Filho.

“A film maker drops dead while addressing an IFFI Forum and not one single tweet from the gallery of tweeters at Goa?, asked Rituparno.

The Brazilian director, who was in Goa to attend IFFI, died after suffering a heart attack on Sunday (November 27). He was 56.

Rituparno, who has directed films like Raincoat and Chokhe Bali to name a few further tweeted: “Admittedly Oscar Maron Filho was not well known but surely compassion or sheer horror would have prompted some response?”

The Brazilian director was speaking at the open forum on Sunday afternoon when he suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to the Goa Medical College and hospital where he breathed his last, sources close to the director said.

Filho, the director of the biggest production house ‘Atlantica Cinematographica’ in Brazil, was in India with his film Mario Filho: The Creator of Crowds as part of the Soccer package.

A filmmaker and journalist from Rio de Janerio, Filho’s other notable films include Bye Bye Romario, Pele, O Papa da Bola.

“It is most unfortunate that we lost one of the most important delegates during the film festival. We condole his death,” said Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamath.

IFFI director Shankar Mohan said: “He was speaking at the open forum and was cracking jokes and laughing a lot… it was at that moment when the cardiac arrest happened. The doctor came to his aid and he was rushed to the hospital immediately. They tried their best to revive him, but couldn’t.”

The organisers had suspended all the festivities for Sunday and stopped music in the film festival premises.

Mohan also said that they are in touch with the Brazilian embassy regarding the tragic incident.(With PTI inputs)

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