Film director Coutinho killed in Rio

AFP-JIJI

Leading Brazilian film director Eduardo Coutinho was killed Sunday in an attack at his Rio de Janeiro home, local television reported.

Initial reports suggested that the 80-year-old Coutinho’s son Daniel, who suffers from mental illness, stabbed his father to death. Daniel Coutinho, 41, was also taken to a hospital after suffering stab wounds, a Rio health official said.

Coutinho’s wife, Maria das Dores Coutinho, 62, was in serious condition and recovering in a hospital from stab wounds to the chest and liver, police said.

Among Coutinho’s best known work was his 1967 drama “The ABC of Love,” which he directed with Argentina’s Rodolfo Kuhn. It competed in the 17th Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Golden Bear. Another landmark work was “Twenty Years Later” — a docudrama about an executed peasant leader that took 20 years to come to fruition after a 1964 military coup forced Coutinho to break off filming in Brazil.