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Truly Madly Deeply and Sadly: R.I.P: Anthony Minghella

Add this to the ‘dearly departed way too soon’ column. The man who gave us film treasures as The English PatientThe Talented Mr Ripley and Truly Madly Deeply has died suddenly at the age of  54. Variety reports that the director died because he “suffered a brain hemorrhage” after “routine operation on
his neck”.

In recent years, the British filmmaker gave us a pair of underwhelming directorial efforts in Cold Mountain (2003) Breaking and
Entering
(2006), but picked up the producer’s hat back in 2001 with Tom Tykwer’s Heaven and Catch A
Fire
. He was currently producing The Reader and had optioned properties (with Sydney Pollack at Mirage) I Don’t
Know How She Does It
, The Silver
Linings Playbook
, The Amulet of Samarkand, The Ninth Life of Louis
Drax
(a film which he was looking to direct as well) and finally a possible remake for The Lives of Others.

He had just completed shooting the BBC/HBO telepic No 1 Ladies Detective
Agency
based on Alexander McCall Smith’s novel, which is going to premiere sometime this year with much fanfare and he was on board as director and producer for New York, je
t’aime
but at this point I’m not sure if he even had time to start his short film contribution to the short film collection.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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