January 18, 2022

Death of Jean-Marc Vallée, director of “Dallas Buyers Club” or “Big Little Lies”

CINEMA – Sad disappearance for the world of cinema. Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée died on Saturday, December 25 at the age of 58. According to our colleagues from Radio Canada, he died in one of his residences in the region of Quebec City, Canada.

The reasons for his death were not yet known on Monday, December 27.

His colleague and friend Nathan Ross, with whom he co-founded production company Crazyrose, confirmed his death in a statement. “Jean-Marc was synonymous with creativity, authenticity and trying things differently,” he wrote. He was a true artist and a generous and loving man (…) He was a friend, a creative partner and an older brother to me.

He added: “The maestro will be sorely missed, but it is heartwarming to know that his magnificent style and hard-hitting work that he shared with the world will live on”.

Jean-Marc Vallée made a name for himself in 2005 with his film “CRAZY”, partly inspired by his own life. The feature film had won 10 Genie Awards and 14 Jutra Awards (Quebec equivalent of the César) and was crowned best Canadian feature film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

He then made the films “Victoria”, released in 2009, and “Café de Flore”, released two years later, with the Frenchwoman Vanessa Paradis on the bill.

Matthew McConaughey et Jared Leto oscarisés

Jean-Marc Vallée had also directed the film “Dallas Buyers Club”, taken from the true story of Ron Woodroof, creator of the club of the same name, the first of twelve which will allow HIV-positive Americans to obtain foreign antiretroviral drugs.

Actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won the Oscar for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, for their performance in the poignant film released in 2013. The film was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, but was not not win the statuette.

Quebecer Jean-Marc Vallée also directed the first season of the hit series “Big Little Lies”, with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.

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