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Jean-Marc Vallée, director of the “Dallas Buyers Club”, died at 58 years old

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Jean-Marc Vallée, director of the “Dallas Buyers Club”, died at 58 years old

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

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

Vallée has been acclaimed for his naturalistic approach to filmmaking, directing stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, and Jake Gyllenhaal over the past decade.

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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and director Jean-Marc Vallée attend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Party at the Windsor Arms Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2014, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini / Invision / AP, file)

He directed Emily Blunt in “The Young Victoria” in 2009 and became a sought-after name in Hollywood after “Dallas Buyers Club,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, won six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

It often filmed with natural light and hand-held cameras, and gave actors the freedom to improvise the script and move around the venue of a scene. The team hiked the Pacific Coast Trail to shoot Witherspoon in 2014’s “Wild”.

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Jean-Marc Vallée, director of the “Dallas Buyers Club”, died at 58 years old

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Jean-Marc Vallée arrives at the 29th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Reese Witherspoon at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 30, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP, on file)

“They can go anywhere they want,” the Canadian filmmaker said of his cast in a 2014 interview with The Associated Press. “It’s about giving importance to the storytelling, to the emotion, to the characters. I try not to interfere too much. I don’t need to cut the performances. Often times the director of photography and I we were like, ‘This place sucks. It’s not very nice. But, hey, that’s life.’ “

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

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AP Film Writer Jake Coyle contributed to this report.

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