His agent, Bumble Ward, said Sunday that Vallée died suddenly in his cabin on the outskirts of Quebec City, Canada, over the weekend.
Vallée has been praised for her natural approach to filmmaking, directing stars including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal over the past decade.
He directed Emily Blunt in the 2009 film “The Young Victoria” and became a sought-after Hollywood name after “Dallas Buyers Club,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, earned six nominations. for the Oscars, including best picture.
He usually shoots with natural light and handheld cameras and allows the actors to freely improvise the script and move around the location of the shot. The crew rode up and down the Pacific Coast Trail to shoot Witherspoon in the 2014 movie “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 the storytelling, the emotions, the characters. I try not to interfere too much. I don’t have to cut the performances. Usually me and the cinematographer say:” This position so bad. It’s not very pretty. But, hey, that’s life. ‘”
He again teamed up with Witherspoon to direct the first season of “Big Little Lies” in 2017, and directed Adams on “Sharp Objects” in 2018, also for HBO. Vallée has won DGA awards for both.
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