Brazilian Director Dies At International Film Festival of India in Goa

Oscar Maron Filho Film Festival India - H 2011
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Oscar Maron Filho Film Festival India - H 2011 

Oscar Maron Filho suffered cardiac arrest while addressing a forum at the ongoing event.

GOA – The ongoing 42nd International Film Festival of India saw a tragic turn of events when Brazilian director Oscar Maron Filho, 56, suffered cardiac arrest Sunday afternoon while addressing an open forum at the festival.  He was rushed to Goa Medical College and Hospital, where he died.

Filho was attending the festival – held in the western coastal resort state of Goa -- with his documentary feature Mario Filho, The Creator of Crowds (about the legendary Brazilian sports chronicler) that was screening in a special section on soccer and cinema. Arrangements have been made to fly the body back to Brazil on Wednesday.

Filho was also a journalist and director at Brazilian production companies Atlantida Cinematografica and Canal 100 Newsreel where he made short films such as Bye Bye Romario, Pelé, O Papa Da Bola and Pelé Gol Mil.

India's Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said in a statement that Filho's "loss is irreparable." IFFI, which opened Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, is organized under the I&B Ministry's specially created unit IFFI Directorate.