Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has died at age 58, his publicist announced Sunday.
“Rest In Peace, Jean-Marc Vallée. The world is far less interesting without you in it,” Hive Communication Collective wrote on Instagram.
The Quebecois producer and director was Oscar-nominated for “Dallas Buyers Club” in 2013, for which actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both took home Academy Awards.
In recent years, he has drawn acclaim for his work on HBO shows “Big Little Lies”, for which he won an Emmy award, and “Sharp Objects”.
Even if you’ve never heard of Jean-Marc Vallee, you’ve almost certainly seen his TV directing work on “Big Little Lies” & “Sharp Objects” or his movies like “Dallas Buyers Club” & “Wild.”
He had such a unique visual and narrative style. Such an immense talent gone too soon. RIP pic.twitter.com/gQhEYCeT4k
— Joshua Axelrod (@jaxelburgh) December 27, 2021
US media reported that Vallée died suddenly in his cabin near Quebec City over the weekend.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Took this of Jean-Marc Vallee in 2019 in Careyes, Mexico during the ArteCareyes film fest. He was soulful and generous and loved music more than anything. He’d always wanted to be a rock star. In MTL we road bikes to Leonard Cohen’s house. He was one of the coolest I’ve ever met. pic.twitter.com/4UlzHqV0IY
— (((Malina Saval))) (@Malinasaval) December 27, 2021
HBO said it was “shocked at the news of his sudden death”.
“Jean-Marc Vallée was a brilliant, fiercely dedicated filmmaker,” the company’s statement to The Hollywood Reporter said.
“Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and trying things differently,” Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross said in a statement shared with US media.
“The maestro will sorely be missed but it comforts knowing his beautiful style and impactful work he shared with the world will live on.”
Remembering celebrated Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée — the only director to both open (DEMOLITION) and close (THE YOUNG VICTORIA) the Toronto International Film Festival. pic.twitter.com/hWZvAZtCqP
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) December 27, 2021
Vallée’s other notable works included the Oscar-winning 2009 film “The Young Victoria” starring Emily Blunt and “Wild” in 2014, for which Reese Witherspoon earned an Oscar nomination.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)