Acclaimed Film Director Jean-Marc Vallée Dies at Age 58

Acclaimed Canadian film director Jean-Marc Vallée, best known for directing “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild,” died on Dec. 26 at the age of 58.

Vallée’s representative Bumble Ward said that the director died suddenly in his cabin near Quebec City.

The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

“Still in shock over the news that Jean-Marc Vallée has died. What you may not know is that he was sweet and kind, full of gratitude, remembered birthdays and sent awesome mixtapes, while still being a creative genius,” Ward wrote on Twitter.

Vallée made his feature debut with the 1995 French-language film, “Liste Noire,” which is known as “Black List” in English.

Vallée then directed the 2013 drama film “Dallas Buyers Club,” which was based on the true story of a rodeo cowboy with AIDS who became a distributor of treatments to help patients live longer. It was nominated for six Oscars and won three.

Other films Vallée directed include “The Young Victoria” in 2009, “Wild” in 2012, and “Demolition” in 2015.

Vallée also worked on series, serving as the executive producer for the 2017 HBO drama series “Big Little Lies” and directing its entire first season, for which he won an Emmy.

Vallée also executive produced and directed every episode of another HBO series, “Sharp Objects” in 2018.

Both series earned him a Director’s Guild of America award.

HBO described Vallée as “a brilliant, fiercely dedicated filmmaker who invested his whole self alongside every actor he directed.”

Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross said that Vallée “will sorely be missed but it comforts knowing his beautiful style and impactful work he shared with the world will live on.”

Vallée’s sons, Alex and Émile, survive him.


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