Ironweed director Hector Babenco dies in Brazil


The Argentine-born Brazilian director nominated for an Oscar for his 1985 film Kiss of the Spider Woman has died. Hector Babenco was 70.

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

Hector Babenco has died aged 70 (Andrew Medichini/AP/PA)

Kiss of the Spider Woman was also nominated for best picture and William Hurt won the Best Actor Oscar.

He also directed Ironweed with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, who were nominated for best actor and actress Oscars.

William Hurt won an Oscar for his role in Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Lennox McLendon/AP/PA)

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

Hector is survived by his wife Barbara and daughter Janka.