British film producer and former journalist, Donald Ranvaud, died on Sunday night in Canada where he was serving as a member of the Montreal World Film Festival jury. He was 62. According to local reports, the cause was a sudden heart attack in his hotel room.
Among Ranvaud’s major credits are as an executive producer on Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund’s City Of God which was nominated for four Oscars. He also exec produced Brazilian helmer Meirelles’ 2005 English-language drama The Constant Gardener which starred Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role. In 2011, Ranvaud exec produced Al Pacino’s Wilde Salomé. Earlier in his career, he spent time in China and associate produced Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine. His documentaries included one about David Mamet.
According to the CBC, Montréal World Film Festival President Serge Losique described Ranvaud as “a friend, a writer, a producer, a movie buff and a journalist.”
Organizers of the festival held a minute of silence at the closing ceremony on Monday night. The celebrations with the winners and finalists were cancelled.