Jean-Marc Vallée, Director of Dallas Buyers Club, Dies at 58 – NBC10 Philadelphia


Director and producer Jean-Marc Vallée, who won an Emmy Award for directing the HBO hit series “Big Little Lies” and the 2013 TV series “Dallas Buyers Club” that earned multiple Academy Award nominations, passed away. He is 58 years old.

His agent, Bumble Ward, said Sunday that Vallée died suddenly in his cabin on the outskirts of Quebec City, Canada, over the weekend.

Vallée has been praised for her natural approach to filmmaking, directing stars including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal over the past decade.

He directed Emily Blunt in the 2009 film “The Young Victoria” and became a sought-after Hollywood name after “Dallas Buyers Club,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, earned six nominations. for the Oscars, including best picture.

He usually shoots with natural light and handheld cameras and allows the actors to freely improvise the script and move around the location of the shot. The crew rode up and down the Pacific Coast Trail to shoot Witherspoon in the 2014 movie “Wild.”

“They can move anywhere they want,” the Canadian filmmaker said of his actors in a 2014 interview with the Associated Press. “It gives importance to the storytelling, the emotions, the characters. I try not to interfere too much. I don’t need to cut performances. Usually, me and the cameraman say, ‘This location sucks. It’s not very pretty. But, hey, that’s life. ‘”

He again teamed up with Witherspoon to direct the first season of “Big Little Lies” in 2017 and to direct Adams on “Sharp Objects” in 2018, also for HBO. Vallée has won DGA awards for both.

“Jean-Marc Vallée is a brilliant filmmaker, fiercely committed, a truly outstanding talent, who infuses every shot with a profoundly introspective and emotional truth. He is also a a man who deeply cares and invests in every actor he directs,” HBO said in a statement to NBC News. “We are shocked by the news of his sudden death, and we extend our sincerest condolences to his sons, Alex and Émile, his extended family, and production partners. his longtime, Nathan Ross.”

Ross, in his own statement to NBC News, said that his production partner believes in creativity and authenticity, and tries to do things differently.

Ross said in a statement: “He is a true artist and a generous, loving young man. Everyone who works with him can’t help but see the talent and vision he has with him. own”.

“The conductor will be greatly missed but it is comforting to know his stunning style and the influential work he shared with the world will live on.”

AP Film writer Jake Coyle contributed to this report.

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