Director of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Jean-Marc Vallée died at 58

LOS ANGELES – Director and producer Jean-Marc Vallée, who won an Emmy for directing the hit HBO series “Big Little Lies” and whose 2013 drama “Dallas Buyers Club” earned multiple Oscar nominations, has died. He was 58.

His representative Bumble Ward said Sunday that Vallée died suddenly over the weekend in his cabin outside Quebec City, Canada.

Vallée has been praised for his naturalistic approach to filmmaking, and has directed stars including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in recent decades.

He directed Emily Blunt in “The Young Victoria” of 2009 and became a sought-after name in Hollywood after “Dallas Buyers Club”, with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, winning six nominations for Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

He often shot with natural light and cameras in hand and gave actors the freedom to improvise the script and move within the location of a scene. The crew ran up and down the Pacific Coast Trail to shoot Witherspoon in 2014 ‘Wild’.

“They can move anywhere they want,” the Canadian filmmaker said of his actors in a 2014 interview with The Associated Press. “It gives importance to stories, emotion, characters. I try not to bother too much. I do not want to cut performance. Often the cinematographer and I said, ‘This location is cute. It’s not very beautiful. But hey, that is life. ”

He re-teamed with Witherspoon to direct the first season of “Big Little Lies” in 2017, and directed Adams in 2018’s “Sharp Objects,” also for HBO. Vallée won DGA awards for both.

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