Dutch film producer Wouter Barendrecht dies at 43

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The independent film producer Wouter Barendrecht, who worked closely with several east Asian directors, died of a heart attack in Bangkok.

THE HAGUE – Dutch independent film producer Wouter Barendrecht, who worked closely with several east Asian directors, has died of a heart attack in Bangkok at the age of 43, his company said Wednesday.

"Fortissimo Films is very shocked and immensely saddened by the sudden death of its founder and co-owner Wouter Barendrecht, who died Sunday 5 April of a heart attack at a house he owned in Bangkok", it said in a statement.

Among directors with whom Barendrecht worked as producer were Wong Kar-wai of Hong Kong, whose "In The Mood For Love" he produced, Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Apichatpong Weerasethakul of Thailand, and Zhang Yang of China.

"Wouter was one of the most important driving forces behind the global success of Asian cinema in the 1990s," said the statement, adding that the films of Asian directors had quickly won acceptance at such festivals as those in Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

"For many directors working with Fortissimo marked their international breakthrough," the statement said.

It added that the Barendrecht had worked with such top directors as Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Todd Haynes and Peter Greenaway.

Barendrecht co-founded Fortissimo Films in 1990 and since 1997 had lived chiefly in Hong Kong where he ran the company's Asian subsidiary.

AFP / Expatica

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