(CNN) – Renowned director Jean-Marc Vallée – who directed the 2013 drama “Dallas Buyers Club” – died near Quebec City, Canada on Sunday, an official at his production company told CNN. He was 58 years old.
“He was a friend, a creative partner and an older brother to me,” Nathan Ross, partner at Vallée’s Crazyrose Productions, said in a statement. “The Professor will be sorely missed, but it is heartwarming to know that his beautiful style and the influential work he shared with the world will continue to live on.”
The director started working on Canadian shorts and music videos, before starting his feature film with the French film “Black List”, also known by its English name “Black List”.
His US hit film was “Dallas Buyers Club,” a 2013 film based on the true story of an AIDS patient who became a distributor of experimental treatments. Although Vallée’s achievement was not recognized by the Academy, the film was nominated for Best Picture, while Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both won Oscars for their performances.
Jean-Marc Vallée entered television production in 2017 as executive producer of the HBO drama “Big Little Lies”. He also directed the entire first season of the series, winning an Emmy. Later, Vallée was the executive producer of the series “Sharp Objects”, as well as for HBO, and directed all the episodes. Vale and Ross signed a new development deal with HBO in April, according to Delivery time.
Vallée said in a 2019 video for The Hollywood Reporter that he was very careful about choosing which projects he was willing to take on. “Choosing a movie is about choosing your lifestyle,” said Valley. “Would you be happy to get up in the morning and do this and live for that?”
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