Brazilian director Breno Silveira, a regular at international festivals, died Saturday of a heart attack while filming his latest film, his production company and local media announced.
Breno Silveira, 58, director of the films The Two Sons of Francisco (2005) and Gonzaga–From Father to Son(2012), among others, has been a “symbol of culture and art,” his production company, Conspiração Filmes, said in a statement.
According to Brazilian media, the filmmaker suffered a heart attack while filming his new film titled < em>Dona Vitoria with actress Fernanda Montenegro, made famous abroad for her role in the film Central do Brasil by Walter Salles.
Dona Vitoria, based on a true story, tells the story of an old lady who films drug dealers through the window of her house and uncovers a vast corruption scandal. Filming was underway in northeast Brazil, in the state of Pernambuco.
Breno Silveira was trained at the École Louis-Lumière in France. He began his career as a director of photography, notably on the film Eu, Tu, Eles (2000) presented at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un certain regard selection.
He made his first film in 2005, Les deux fils de Francisco, which was a great success in Brazil, where it won four awards. The film had been nominated for the Oscars in the category of best foreign language film.
His works have also been presented at festivals in Toronto, Havana and Monte-Carlo. Breno Silveira was also known for his work as a television director.