He shot the hit Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey and the Big Little Lies series with Nicole Kidman. Now the filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has died at the age of only 58.
Quebec City / Los Angeles – Mourning the filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée: The Canadian, who became internationally known for works such as the Oscar-winning drama “Dallas Buyers Club”, died at the age of 58.
The director, producer and screenwriter was found dead on Sunday in his hut outside of Quebec City, US media reported on Monday night (local time). His death was unexpected, said Vallées press spokeswoman Bumble Ward according to the “New York Times”. She later told the Los Angeles Times that the filmmaker had suffered a heart attack.
Colleagues, friends and fans expressed their sadness and admiration for the filmmaker on social networks. “My heart is broken. My friend. I love you, “wrote Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (45) on Twitter.
My heart is broken. My friend. I love you. https://t.co/dvh63E8K7I
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) December 27, 2021
The world has lost one of the greatest “artists and dreamers”, said Oscar winner Laura Dern (54) on Instagram a photo shared with Vallée. Both actresses had shot the film “The Great Trip – Wild” and the US television series “Big Little Lies” with him.
The “Big Little Lies” actresses Nicole Kidman (54) and Shailene Woodley (30) were also dismayed. Woodley wrote on Instagram that she was totally shocked. Oscar winner Kidman praised Vallée as the center of her “creative universe”. He owes her some of her best filming experiences to him. “His friendship, kindness and love were an inspiring force that I will carry within me,” wrote Kidman on Instagram.
Director Paul Feig praised his colleague as an incredibly talented filmmaker. His death was a “huge loss,” he wrote on Twitter. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred to Vallées talent and passion as a filmmaker and storyteller.
Jean-Marc Vallée’s passion for filmmaking and storytelling was unmatched – so too was his talent. Through his work and with his art, he left a mark in Quebec, across Canada, and around the world. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans as they mourn his sudden passing.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 27, 2021
Vallée, who grew up in Montreal, celebrated his first major successes with the youth film “CRAZY – Verrücktes Leben” from 2005, in which his little son Émile also played. The British period film “Victoria, the Young Queen” (2009) with Emily Blunt in the title role followed a few years later.
The final international breakthrough came with the biographical film drama “Dallas Buyers Club”. In the 2013 work, Matthew McConaughey plays an AIDS patient who smuggled drugs into the USA in the 1980s – the film is based on real events. Dallas Buyers Club has won numerous awards, including an Oscar for McConaughey for Best Actor and an Oscar for Supporting Actor for Jared Leto.
Leto (50) praised Vallée on Monday as “a true artist who changed my life with a beautiful film called” Dallas Buyers Club “”. McConaughey (52) wrote on Twitter that he had a special feeling for love stories, even under adverse circumstances.
Vallée brought Reese Witherspoon in front of the camera for the wilderness drama “The Big Trip – Wild” (2014). She embodied a woman who sets out on a mammoth hike alone in order to get her life back under control. The two then also shot the first season of the US television series “Big Little Lies” (2017), for which Vallée won an Emmy for best director. There were other Emmys for Nicole Kidman as best leading actress and Alexander Skarsgård as best supporting actor.
Vallées longtime producer colleague Nathan Ross also confirmed the death in the US media. “Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and for doing things differently”, quoted the industry portals “Variety” and “Hollywood Reporter” from a press release. Everyone who worked with him could see his talent and vision.
Vallée was divorced and has two children. dpa