Jean-Marc Vallée, Director Of Emmy-Winning Big Little Lies And Oscar-Winning Dallas Buyers Club, Passes Away

Jean-Marc Vallée

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Jean-Marc
Vallee,
best
known
for
directing
films
such
as

Dallas
Buyers
Club

and

Wild
,
along
with
the
HBO
series

Big
Little
Lies
,
has
passed
away
at
the
age
of
58.
Vallee’s
longtime
producing
partner
Nathan
Ross
confirmed
his
passing
in
a
statement
with
The
Hollywood
Reporter.
The
filmmaker
died
suddenly
over
the
weekend
in
his
cabin
near
Quebec
City,
Canada,
and
the
cause
of
death
was
not
immediately
disclosed.

“Jean-Marc
stood
for
creativity,
authenticity
and
trying
things
differently.
He
was
a
true
artist
and
a
generous,
loving
guy.
Everyone
who
worked
with
him
couldn’t
help
but
see
the
talent
and
vision
he
possessed.
He
was
a
friend,
creative
partner
and
an
older
brother
to
me.
The
maestro
will
sorely
be
missed
but
it
comforts
knowing
his
beautiful
style
and
impactful
work
he
shared
with
the
world
will
live
on,” Ross
said
in
the
statement.

Jean-Marc Vallée

Vallee
was
born
in
Montreal,
Quebec
and
forayed
into
showbiz
directing
through
music
videos.
He
made
his
feature
directorial
debut
with
the
1995
thriller

Black
List
,
which
earned
nine
nominations
for
Canada’s
Genie
Awards,
while
his
2005
coming-of-age
movie

C.R.A.Z.Y.

won
11
Genies.

His
2009
film

The
Young
Victoria
,
starring
Emily
Blunt
as
British
monarch
Queen
Victoria,
earned
three
Academy
Award
nominations
including
a
win
for
best
costume
design.
But
it
was
the
2013
film

Dallas
Buyers
Club

that
shot
Vallee
to
prominence:
it
picked
up
six
Oscar
nods,
including
best
picture
and
won
Matthew
McConaughey
and
Jared
Leto
the
trophies
in
best
actor
and
best
supporting
actor
categories.
The
film
was
a
fact-based
story
of
Ron
Woodroof,
who
sold
experimental
drugs
to
AIDS
patients.

He
followed
with

Wild
,
which
starred
Reese
Witherspoon
and
Laura
Dern.
The
film,
an
adaptation
of
Cheryl
Strayed’s
memoir,
was
nominated
for
three
Oscars.
Vallee
reunited
with
Witherspoon
and
Dern
in
the
critically
acclaimed
HBO
series

Big
Little
Lies

(2017),
penned
by
David
E
Kelley
based
on
Liane
Moriarty’s
novel
of
the
same
name.
Vallee
directed
and
executive
produced
the
show,
which
earned
him
an
Emmy
in
direction
on
the
highly
lauded
first
season
which
also
starred
Nicole
Kidman,
Shailene
Woodley,
Zoe
Kravitz,
and
Alexander
Skarsgard,
among
other
A-listers.

He
also
directed
and
executive
produced
the
2018
limited
series

Sharp
Objects
,
another
project
with
HBO.
Starring
Amy
Adams
and
Patricia
Clarkson,
the
show
was
nominated
for
eight
Emmys.

In
a
statement,
HBO
described
Vallee
as
a
brilliant,
fiercely
dedicated
filmmaker,
a
truly
phenomenal
talent
who
infused
every
scene
with
a
deeply
visceral,
emotional
truth.

“He
was
also
a
hugely
caring
man
who
invested
his
whole
self
alongside
every
actor
he
directed.
We
are
shocked
at
the
news
of
his
sudden
death,
and
we
extend
our
heartfelt
sympathies
to
his
sons,
Alex
and
Emile,
his
extended
family,
and
his
longtime
producing
partner,
Nathan
Ross,”
the
statement
from
the
premium
television
network
read.
Besides
sons
Alex
and
Emile,
Vallee
is
survived
by
siblings
Marie-Josee
Vallee,
Stephane
Tousignant
and
Gerald
Vallee.

Canadian
Prime
Minister
Justin
Trudeau
said
in
a
tweet,
“Jean-Marc
Vallée’s
passion
for
filmmaking
and
storytelling
was
unmatched

so
too
was
his
talent.
Through
his
work
and
with
his
art,
he
left
a
mark
in
Quebec,
across
Canada,
and
around
the
world.
My
thoughts
are
with
his
family,
friends,
and
fans
as
they
mourn
his
sudden
passing.”


Photo
courtesy:
HBO

Story first published: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 0:01 [IST]



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