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Film director Hector Babenco dies aged 70 in Brazil

Film director Hector Babenco who was nominated for an Oscar for his 1985 film Kiss Of The Spider Woman has died in Brazil at the age of 70.

Denise Winther, of Babenco's HB Films, said the director died on Wednesday night of a heart attack at Sao Paulo's Sirio-Libanes Hospital.

Kiss Of The Spider Woman was also nominated for best picture and William Hurt won the best actor Oscar.

Argentinian-born Babenco also directed Ironweed with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, who were nominated for best actor and actress Oscars.

His last film was My Hindu Friend starring Willem Dafoe which tells the story of a film director close to death.

Babenco is survived by his wife Barbara and daughter Janka.


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