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Brazilian film director Breno Silveira dies of a heart attack

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Brazilian director Breno Silveira, a regular on the international film festival circuit, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack while filming, his production company and media reports said.

Silveira, 58, who directed classics such as “Two Children of Francisco” (2005) and “Gonzaga” (2012), was “one of the greatest filmmakers” in Brazil, “a symbol of national culture and art”. , its production company, Conspiracao Filmes, said in a statement.

Local media reported that the director had suffered a massive heart attack on the set of his latest project, “Doña Vitoria”, starring the famous actress Fernanda Montenegro.

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Based on the true story of an old woman who started filming drug dealers on the street outside her window and discovered a huge corruption scheme, the film was being shot in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

Silveira studied cinema at the Ecole Louis Lumiere in Paris. He began his career as a cinematographer, standing out with films like “Me You Them” (2000), which was screened at the Cannes International Festival in the Un Certain Regard category.

He made his directorial debut in 2005 with “Two Children of Francisco,” which broke box office records in Brazil, won four awards in his country, and earned Brazil a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Silveira’s films were also screened at festivals in Toronto, Havana and Monte Carlo. The late director also stood out for his work on television. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, his producer said.

Source: Eluniverso

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