'City of God' Producer Donald Ranvaud Dies at 62

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The British producer and film journalist died suddenly while attending the Montreal World Film Festival as a juror.

Donald Ranvaud, the British producer behind such films as Fernando Meirelles' City of God and Walter Salles' Central Station, has died while attending the Montreal World Film Festival as a competition juror. He was 62.

A festival spokeswoman Monday confirmed Ranvaud's death without specifying the cause of his sudden passing. Radio Canada, the country's French-language public broadcaster, reported that Ranvaud had been discovered in his Montreal hotel room on Monday.

The final-night awards ceremony Monday will be toned down and a moment of silence is to be observed after news of Ranvaud's death passed through a shocked festival. "He was a very good friend of all of us and the festival; he was the life of the party. We will acknowledge his contributions at the ceremony," an emotional festival spokeswoman told The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to City of God and Central Station, Ranvaud had producing credits on a number of other Academy Award-nominated films, including Meirelles' The Constant Gardener — for which Rachel Weisz earned an Oscar for best supporting actress — and Farewell My Concubine. His links to Chinese film in the early 1990s gave way to Latin America, where he shifted his focus after moving to Brazil in 1994.

Ranvaud's Latin America producing credits included Central do Brasil, Familia Rodante, Xango, Lavoura Arcaica, Babilonia 2000 and Madame Sata. Alongside production, he managed sales at Videofilmes, Bouquet Multimedia and Sogepaq and helped set up Wild Bunch as a distribution outfit.

As a journalist, Ranvaud founded the independent film magazine Framework in 1975, where he remained until 1988. He also freelanced for other film publications like Sight and Sound, The Guardian, La Repubblica, Cahiers du Cinema and American Film while also publishing books on Italian cinema.