British producer Donald Ranvaud, known for films like "City of God" and "Central Station", has died while while attending the Montreal World Film Festival as a competition juror. He was 62.
A festival spokeswoman confirmed his death without specifying the cause of his sudden passing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Radio Canada, the country’s French-language public broadcaster, reported that Ranvaud’s body had been discovered in his Montreal hotel room on Tuesday.
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 said.
Ranvaud also had producing credits on a number of other Academy Award-nominated films, including "The Constant Gardener" 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.