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Jean-Marc Vallée, director of the “Dallas Buyers Club”, dies at 58

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Jean-Marc Vallée, director of the “Dallas Buyers Club”, dies at 58

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Jean-Marc Vallée, the award-winning Canadian director behind the film “Dallas Buyers Club” and the HBO hit show “Big Little Lies” and who was known for his naturalistic approach, was found dead this weekend in his cabin at outside of Quebec. He was 58 years old.

Mr Vallée’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Bumble Ward, who said via email on Sunday that it was unexpected. No further details were immediately available.

Mr. Vallée directed “Dallas Buyers Club,” starring Matthew McConaughey, in 2013. The film won three Oscars, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated in three other categories. The following year he directed “Wild”, which was also nominated for several major awards.

But his talent was not limited to the big screen. Mr. Vallée then directed “Big Little Lies”, with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The show, a sharp tale of violence and class in the wealthy seaside town of Monterey, Calif., Has won multiple Emmy Awards and another from the Directors Guild of America.

He later took viewers into the world of small town Missouri with the series “Sharp Objects,” which was nominated for eight Emmy Awards. He was the only director of the series.

In an interview with the New York Times in 2018, Mr. Vallée described his work as an attempt to expose the flaws and imperfections of human nature. “I see that I seem to be drawn to these stories and the overlooked characters,” said Vallée. He added: “Humanity, beautiful humanity, is dark.”

Mr. Vallée was born on March 9, 1963 in Montreal. He studied cinema at Collège Ahuntsic and at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He is survived by two sons, Alex Vallée and Emile Vallée; and brothers and sisters Marie-Josée Vallée, Stéphane Tousignant and Gérald Vallée.

In a statement, Nathan Ross, a production partner and close friend of Mr. Vallée, described him as a “true artist” who stood for “creativity, authenticity and trying things differently.”

“The maestro will be sorely missed,” he said, adding, “It is heartwarming to know that his magnificent style and hard-hitting work that he has shared with the world will live on.”

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