Brazilian director Breno Silveira, a regular at international festivals, died of a heart attack on Saturday May 14 while filming his latest film, his production house and local media announced.

Breno Silveira, 58, author of the film in particular Francisco’s two sons (2005) and Gonzagua: from father to son (2012), was a “symbol of culture and art”welcomed in a press release his production company Conspiracao Filmes.

According to Brazilian media, the filmmaker suffered a heart attack while filming a new film Dona Vitoriawith 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 starts filming drug dealers through the window of her house and uncovers a vast corruption scandal. Filming was underway in the northeast of Brazil, in the state of Pernambuco.

From cinematographer to filmmaker

Breno Silveira had been trained at the Ecole Louis Lumière in France. He had started out as a director of photography, notably on the film Uh, you, they (2000) presented at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un certain regard category.

He started directing in 2005 with Francisco’s two sons, which had been very successful in Brazil where it had won four prizes. The film had been nominated for an Oscar in the category 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 achievements for television


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