Argentinean filmmaker Fabián Bielinsky has died of an apparent heart attack. Bielinsky was reportedly working on a new project in São Paulo, where he died in his hotel room on Wednesday night, June 28, 2006. Bielinsky was 47.
In a strange coincidence, Fabián Bielinsky’s second and final feature film, the psychological mystery thriller The Aura / El Aura, was screened at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival this past Wednesday. Two days earlier, The Aura had won six Silver Condor Awards from the Argentinean Film Critics Association, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (also Bielinsky), and Best Actor (Ricardo Darín).
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A Buenos Aires native (born on February 3, 1959), Fabián Bielinsky was best known for the labyrinthine caper thriller Nine Queens / Nueve reinas (2000), his first solo feature after a decade working as an assistant director in various Argentinean productions.
Starring Ricardo Darín and Gastón Pauls as two con-men out to commit the perfect robbery, Nine Queens won awards at festivals in Biarritz, Bogota, Lima, and Oslo, in addition to seven Silver Condor Awards – including Best Film – from the Argentinean Film Critics Association. In 2004, Nine Queens was repackaged by the Hollywood remake mill, becoming the poorly received Criminal, directed by Gregory Jacobs, and starring John C. Reilly, Diego Luna, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
According to the IMDb, prior to Nine Queens Fabián Bielinsky’s solo directing efforts consisted of a couple of short films in the early 1980s: The Pendulum (1981) and The Waiting (1983).
Additionally, Bielinsky co-wrote with Fernando Spiner and Ricardo Piglia the 1998 sci-fier Sleepwalker, in which chemical weapons held by the Argentinean government accidentally – or possibly not that accidentally – erases the memory of thousands of citizens. Starring Eusebio Poncela and Sofía Viruboff, and directed by Spiner, Sleepwalker was nominated for five Silver Condor Awards from the Argentinean Film Critics Association, including Best First Film.