Panaji: Brazilian film director Oscar Maron Filho, who was here to attend the ongoing International film festival of India (IFFI), died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 56.
   
Filho was speaking at the open forum here this afternoon when he suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to the Goa Medical College and hospital where he breathed his last, sources close to the director said.
   
Filho, the director of the biggest production house 'Atlantica Cinematographica' in Brazil, was here with his film 'Mario Filho: The Creator of Crowds' as a part of the Soccer package.
   
 A filmmaker and journalist from Rio de Janerio, Filho's other notable films include 'Bye Bye Romario', 'Pele', 'O Papa da Bola'.
   
"It is most unfortunate that we lost one of the most important delegates during the film festival. We condole his death," Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamath said.
   
IFFI Director Shankar Mohan said, "He was speaking at the open forum and was cracking jokes and laughing a lot... it was at that moment when the cardiac arrest happened. The doctor came to his aid and he was rushed to Goa medical college and hospital immediately. They tried his best to revive him, but couldn't."
   
The organisers have suspended all the festivities for on Sunday and stopped music in the film festival premises.
   
"The red carpet is cancelled. At 8pm sharp, all the theatres screening movies as a part of the festival will observe one minute silence."
   
Mohan also said that they are in touch with the Brazilian embassy regarding the tragic incident.    

Entertainment Society of Goa CEO Manoj Srivastava said, "It is unfortunate to have such incident during a festival."

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