Bielinsky was in Brazil doing casting for commercials. He died on Wednesday night in his hotel.
Bielinsky had only directed two films â€” the most recent, "The Aura," was just acquired by, actually, IFC’s First Take arm, as reported by Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE early this month. His first film, "Nine Queens," was a critical hit here in the US and was invitably remade, though the result, 2004’s "Criminal," is a lackluster affair despite a cast that includes John C. Reilly, Diego Luna, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Maybe it was because "Nine Queens," while on the surface a Mametesque tale of a con within a con, had a gratifyingly dark and particularly Argentine heart â€” one of the plot twists involves the collapse of a bank, leaving us with the image of a character left amidst the scrabbling, frantic crowd outside, all machinations come to naught, both unforgettable and prescient, considering the film was made before the country’s 2001 financial crisis.