Award-winning Canadian director and producer Jean-Marc Vallée dies at 58 – Montreal | The Canadian News

Renowned Quebec film director Jean-Marc Vallée has passed away.

According to his American publicist, Hive Collective, the award-winning Montreal-born director, with several Hollywood movies and TV shows under his belt, passed away in his cabin near Quebec City on Christmas weekend. He was 58 years old.

For sound designer and friend from Montreal, Gavin Fernandes, the loss runs deep.

“He was genuine, selfless,” the Dollard-des-Ormeaux resident told Global News in Teresa Dellar Park, named for his late wife, who also knew Vallée well. “This is a great loss.”

He added that the filmmaker had just finished the script for his latest work on John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

“You know, it was in a really good place,” Fernandes said. “We went out to dinner for Christmas a couple of weeks ago.”

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The filmmaker started in Montreal after studying film at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQUAM). His first big job was MAD, a movie he wrote and directed.

Vallée went on to make several Hollywood movies, many of which he worked on Fernandes.

“We did it Demolitionwe did dallas Buyer’s club,” he remembered.

The latter won three Oscars in 2014. Another film, Wild, was nominated for three Academy Awards the following year.

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Vallee also directed the HBO limited series Little big lies for which he received an Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Director. That series won eight Emmys and four Golden Globes.

“His gift was working with actors,” said Bill Brownstein, a columnist for the Montreal Gazette. “He just had this knack for, with the best of them, be it Nicole Kidman or Reese Witherspoon, bring out the best. Sometimes they called him ‘actor whisperer.’

At a screening at the Toronto Film Festival for Dallas Buyers Club In 2013, actor Jake Gyllenhaal highlighted the director’s particular style.

“First is editor,” said the actor. “Now he has developed this style where he shoots without lighting. You come to work and you put on your wardrobe and there is no makeup and it is the best ”.

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Fernandes’s memories are more personal.

She appreciates Vallée’s support of the Teresa Dellar hospice residency at DDO, named after Fernandes’ late wife who started the center and brought Vallée on as an ambassador.

“He embraced it all.” Fernandes stressed. “He would come, he would never say no to any request.”

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In a post on social media, officials at the center say they wrote: “He was often a participant at our Valentine’s dance and was found helping distribute angel gifts or posing for a photo with anyone who asked.”

Politicians also highlighted the contribution of the filmmaker.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote: “Through his work and with his art, he left a mark in Quebec, in Canada and around the world.”

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante wrote in her tweet: “Jean-Marc Vallée has created works that I love and that have shaped Quebec as a whole.”

Those closest to him, however, lost much more.

Through his publicist, his producing partner Nathan Ross said: “The teacher will be deeply missed, but it is comforting to know that his beautiful style and the impactful work he shared with the world will endure.”

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Fernandes agrees.

“I’m going to miss him so much,” said the sound designer, fighting back tears. “He was a good friend.”

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