Fifty-six-year-old Brazilian director Oscar Maron Filho collapsed following a heart attack at an IFFI open forum where he was talking about ‘Recent Rage in Cinema’. “His body is being sent to Brazil. His death is a great loss to the world of cinema,” says Shankar Mohan, Director IFFI 2011.
Oscar was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1955. He was in Goa to showcase his documentary titled Mario Filho: the creator of crowds as part of the soccer package on the legendary sports chronicler and creator of Brazilian football mythology. The film, Oscar had said, “talks about Mario’s journey as a writer and journalist who introduced the sports chronicle in Brazil,” at a press conference hours before his death.
Christopher Parakh, programme manager of GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute, IFFI, informed that Filho had a previous history of cardiac ailment.
About his documentary
His film, currently being screened at IFFI, brings out Mario Filho’s literary style and his sublime lyrical and dramatic vision of football. Its players are portrayed with epic images from history newsreels from the production house, Atlântida Cinematográfica. His research points out that Mario is called the Homer of football in Brazil as his chronicles recorded the history and created the symbolism of Gods and heroes in Brazilian football. He wrote those chronicles everyday from 1926 to 1966 until his death. Newsreels were restored for this documentary featuring great matches filmed at the Mario Filho stadium including Brazilian idols such as Pele, Zico, Garrincha, Rivelino, Leonidas da Silva, Fio Maravilha, Manga and Didi among others. The cast of this documentary includes Romeu Evaristo, Otavio Terceiro, Joao Havelange and Nelson Rodrigues.
Oscar Maron Filho was the director and screenwriter at Canal 100 Newsreel where he made short-length films such as Bye Bye Romano, Pele, O Papa Da Bola and Pele E O Gol Mil. He is famous in the cinema world as a director to reckon with. He was the director of a large production house Atlântida Cinematográfica in Brazil.