Jean-Marc Vallée Canadian filmmaker, dies at 58.
The Oscar-nominated director also won an Emmy award for his work on the HBO series Big Little Lies.
He died over the weekend in Quebec City, his long-time producing partner Nathan Ross confirmed in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter, though no cause of death was given.
Ross said Vallée “stood for creativity” and “authenticity”.
“He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy,” he wrote. “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.”
In a separate statement, HBO added: “Jean-Marc Vallée was 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 Émile, his extended family, and his long-time producing partner, Nathan Ross.”
Cameron Bailey, CEO of the Toronto Film Festival, paid tribute, describing him as a was “a prodigious talent”.
The Montreal-born director began his career making music videos before moving into film in 1995, with his debut thriller Black List, and then the critically-lauded 2005 coming-of-age movie C.R.A.Z.Y.
His 2009 feature, The Young Victoria, starring British actress Emily Blunt as Britain’s Queen Victoria, picked up three Oscar nominations.
But perhaps his best-known work arrived in 2013, with Dallas Buyers Club – the emotional story of Ron Woodroof, who sold experimental drugs to fellow Aids patients in Texas.
The movie, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, scored six Academy Award nominations, including best picture.
The next year, he directed Reese Witherspoon in Wild, a film based on the bestselling memoir about of a former heroin addict who tries to re-discover herself by backpacking and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
He worked with the US actress again on Big Little Lies, which saw him win the Emmy for best directing on a limited series, movie or special.
The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show, a screen adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s top novel, also starred Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz and Shailene Woodley as five California-based women who become embroiled in a murder investigation.
Vallée went on to direct Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson in another HBO series, Sharp Objects, which he was also the executive producer on.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, Vallée revealed what he enjoyed most about making movies and TV shows. “The dream,” he said. “Dreams can come true. I’m living the dream right now.”
He is survived by two children.
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