Director Jean-Marc Vallée Dies, Aged 58

Jean-Marc Vallée

by James White |
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Oscar-nominated film director, producer and editor Jean-Marc Vallée died unexpectedly on Sunday. He was 58.

Born in Montreal, Vallée was an enthusiastic creator from an early age, segueing from studying film at the Université du Québec to short movies and music videos. His first feature film was Black List in 1995, and he went on to make the likes of Los Locos, and C.R.A.Z.Y., leading to 2009's The Young Victoria, which was nominated for three Oscars and won one, for its costume design. Vallée would be back in awards contention with Dallas Buyers Club, for which both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won Oscars.

Alongside his big screen work, which also includes Wild and Demolition, he parlayed years of TV directing experience into fruitful collaborations with HBO for Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies. He had several projects still in development with the company when he died.

"Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and trying things differently. He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy," said his producing partner, Nathan Ross in a statement. "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."

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