Jean-Marc Vallée

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Jean-Marc Vallée
Jean-Marc Vallée, Genie Awards 2012.jpg
Vallée at the 32nd Genie Awards
Born Jean-Marc Vallée
(1963-03-09) 9 March 1963 (age 51)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other names John Mac McMurphy
Alma mater Université du Québec à Montréal
Occupation Director, screenwriter, editor, producer
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Nadia Live

Jean-Marc Vallée (born March 9, 1963) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and film editor from Québec. After studying film at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Vallée went on to make a number of acclaimed short films, including Stéréotypes (1991), Les Fleurs magiques (1995), and Les Mots magiques (1998).

His debut feature, Black List (1995), was nominated for nine Genie Awards, including nods for Vallée's direction and editing. His fourth feature film, C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), received further critical acclaim and was a financial success. It dominated both the Genie and Jutra Awards, winning awards for Best Film and Best Director at both. Vallée's followup, The Young Victoria (2009), garnered strong reviews and received three Academy Award nominations, while his sixth film, Café de Flore (2011), was the most nominated film at the 32nd Genie Awards. Vallée's latest film, Dallas Buyers Club, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Life and career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Jean-Marc Vallée was born on March 9, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec.[1] He studied filmmaking at the Collège Ahuntsic and the Université du Québec à Montréal.[1]

In the 1990s, Vallée produced a number of short films that aroused considerable critical interest.[2] In 1991, Stereotypes, a fantastique comedy inspired by some American classic films, received numerous prizes at several events, including Best Promising Director for Vallée at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois.[3] Vallée later adopted a more personal and autobiographical tone with Les Fleurs magiques (1995) and Les Mots magiques (1998), awarded respectively Best Short Film at the 16th Genie Awards and the 1st Jutra Awards, in which the director explored the relationship between father and son.[2]

Vallée made his feature-length debut in 1995 with Liste noire (Black List), which became the highest-grossing film in Quebec that year and received nine Genie Award notimations, including Best Motion Picture and Best Achievement in Direction.[4] In the wake of this success, Vallée moved to Los Angeles where he directed Los Locos (1998), a Western film written by and starring Mario Van Peebles, and Loser Love (1999).[4] After these two low-budget productions, he directed two episodes of the television series The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (2000).

C.R.A.Z.Y.[edit]

During the mid-1990s, Vallée was preparing C.R.A.Z.Y. from a screenplay inspired by his own youth and the one of his co-writer, François Boulay. Vallée wanted to shoot the film in the United States, but his friend Michel Côté, who also starred in Black List, convinced him to shoot in Quebec.[1] After ten years in production, C.R.A.Z.Y. was finally released in 2005 and became one of the most successful films in Quebec history, both financially and critically.[5] It tells the story of Zachary Beaulieu, a young man dealing with homophobia and heterosexism while growing up with four brothers and a conservative father in 1960s and 1970s Quebec. The role of Zachary Beaulieu was portrayed by Marc-André Grondin, while Michel Côté and Danielle Proulx starred as Zachary's parents. C.R.A.Z.Y. had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and was awarded Best Canadian Feature Film.[6] It received unanimous praise from film critics, with the film aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, giving the film a 100% "Certified Fresh" rating, based on reviews from 17 critics.[7] It received several accolades, including eleven Genie Awards and thirteen Jutra Awards.[6] C.R.A.Z.Y. was also selected as Canada's official submission for the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[8]

The Young Victoria[edit]

After the success of C.R.A.Z.Y., Graham King and Martin Scorsese hired Jean-Marc Vallée to direct the period drama The Young Victoria.[9] Written by Julian Fellowes, the film is based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, and her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The film stars Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent among a large ensemble cast. Critical reception was generally positive and the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning the 2009 Academy Award for Best Costume Design.[10]

Café de Flore[edit]

In 2011, Vallée wrote and directed Café de Flore, a love story between a man and woman, and between a mother and her son. The film starred Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, and Evelyne Brochu. It was acclaimed by film critics and garnered thirteen nominations for the 32nd Genie Awards.[11]

Dallas Buyers Club[edit]

Vallée's next film starred Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner, titled Dallas Buyers Club.[12] The film is based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live, who began smuggling alternative medicine into the United States to help himself and other AIDS patients. The film was released in 2013 to critical success, earning Matthew McConaughey the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and Jared Leto a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and conquered the awards for Best Actor for McConaughey, and Best Supporting Actor for Leto, repeating the Golden Globes. Vallée was nominated under the pseudonym of John Mac McMurphy for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing alongside Martin Pensa.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Editor Other Notes
1995 Black List Yes Yes
1997 Los Locos Yes Yes
1999 Loser Love Yes
2005 C.R.A.Z.Y. Yes Yes Yes Actor, also co-producer
2009 The Young Victoria Yes
2011 Café de Flore Yes Yes Yes Yes Actor, also co-producer
2013 Dallas Buyers Club Yes Yes
2014 Wild Yes Post-production
2015 Demolition Yes Filming

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Editor Other Notes
1991 Stéréotypes Yes Yes
1995 Les Fleurs magiques Yes Yes Yes
1998 Les Mots magiques Yes Yes
2012 Little Pig Yes Executive producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1992 Genie Awards Best Short Film Stéréotypes Nominated
Montreal Short Film Festival People's Choice Award Stéréotypes Won
Yorkton Film Festival Most Outstanding Film Stéréotypes Won
1993 Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois Best Promising Director Stéréotypes Won
1995 Montreal Short Film Festival Best Canadian Short Film Les Fleurs magiques Won
1996 Genie Awards Best Achievement in Direction Black List Nominated
Genie Awards Best Achievement in Editing Black List Nominated
Genie Awards Best Motion Picture Black List Nominated
Genie Awards Best Short Film Les Fleurs magiques Won
1998 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival Grand Prix Les Mots magiques Won
1999 Aspen Shortsfest Jury Award – Drama Les Mots magiques Won
Jutra Awards Best Short Film Les Mots magiques Won
2005 AFI Fest Best Feature Film C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Atlantic Film Festival People's Choice Award C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
European Film Awards Screen International Award C.R.A.Z.Y. Nominated
Gijón International Film Festival Best Director C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Gijón International Film Festival Best Screenplay C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Gijón International Film Festival Grand Prix Asturias C.R.A.Z.Y. Nominated
Gijón International Film Festival Special Prize of the Young Jury C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
International Film Festival of Marrakech Golden Star C.R.A.Z.Y. Nominated
International Film Festival of Marrakech Special Jury Prize C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Toronto International Film Festival Best Canadian Feature Film C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
2006 Boulder International Film Festival Best Feature Film C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Genie Awards Best Achievement in Direction C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Genie Awards Best Motion Picture C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Genie Awards Best Original Screenplay C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Genie Awards Golden Reel Award C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Jutra Awards Best Direction C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Jutra Awards Best Film C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Jutra Awards Best Screenplay C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Canadian Film C.R.A.Z.Y. Won
2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Best Costume Design The Young Victoria Won
Hamptons International Film Festival Best Narrative Film The Young Victoria Won
Sudbury Cinéfest Audience Award The Young Victoria Won
2010 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Canadian Film The Young Victoria Nominated
2011 Atlantic Film Festival Best Canadian Feature Café de Flore Won
2012 Genie Awards Best Achievement in Direction Café de Flore Nominated
Genie Awards Best Motion Picture Café de Flore Nominated
Genie Awards Best Original Screenplay Café de Flore Nominated
Jutra Awards Best Direction Café de Flore Nominated
Jutra Awards Best International Motion Picture Café de Flore Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Canadian Film Café de Flore Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Director Café de Flore Nominated
2013 Rome Film Festival[14][15] Best Film Dallas Buyers Club Nominated
San Sebastián International Film Festival[16] Sebastiane Award Dallas Buyers Club Won
2014 Academy Awards[17] Best Film Editing Dallas Buyers Club Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jourdain, Alexandre. "Jean-Marc Vallée : Sa biographie". AlloCiné (in French). Tiger Global. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Czach, Liz. "Jean-Marc Vallée". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Stéréotypes" (in French). GPA Films. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Jean-Marc Vallée" (in French). Télé-Québec. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Brendan (March 20, 2006). "Quebec kudos just 'C.R.A.Z.Y.' for pic". Variety (Penske Business Media). Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Jutra judges wild about C.R.A.Z.Y.". Canada.com (Postmedia News). March 20, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hoping for Oscar Attention, A Trio of Foreign Language Titles Win Over Audiences". IndieWire. November 9, 2005. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Fox, Chloe (February 4, 2009). "The Young Victoria: we were amused". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Tschorn, Adam (March 7, 2010). "'Young Victoria' earns Sandy Powell a third Oscar for costume design". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ Barnard, Linda (January 17, 2012). "‘Café de Flore’, ‘A Dangerous Method’ lead Genie Awards race". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (November 6, 2012). "Jared Leto Returning to Acting with 'Dallas Buyer's Club'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ Wong, Jessica (January 16, 2013). "Oscars 2014: fun and surprising facts about the nominees". CBC News. 
  14. ^ Ugolini, Chiara (November 16, 2013). "Festival di Roma, a "Tir" il Marc'Aurelio d'oro". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ Fusco, Fabio (November 8, 2013). "Festival di Roma 2013 - giorno 2 con Dallas Buyers Club" (in Italian). Movieplayer.it. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Dallas Buyers Club — Awards". 
  17. ^ "86th Academy Awards Nominations: Complete List and Scorecard". Variety. January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 

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