French-Canadian film director, screenwriter and film editor, Jean-Marc Vallée, is known throughout the world for his influential works in film making. His famous first debut film was nominated for 9 Genie Awards. Vallée’s other famous films include- The Young Victoria, Cafe De Flore, Dallas Buyers Club and Wild.
Born on March 9, 1963, Vallée was born in Montreal, Quebec. Because of his hard to pronounce name, he is also known to most people by the name John Mac Mcmurphy.
Jean-Marc Vallée studied film making as his major while attending College Ahuntsic. he then continued his education and graduated from The Universite du Quebec a Montreal.
Vallée first started his career as a filmmaker right after he graduated from his university. He started making short films. The films he made had received attention as well as appreciation from many film critics. His film “Stereotypes” which was a comedy inspired by some the American classic films received several prizes. He won the title of Best Promising Director for Vallée at the Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois.
After recognition with his short films and his film “Stereotypes”, he then shifted to a more serious and autobiography genre with his film “Les Fleurs magiques”. This film was released in the year 1995. The movie was awarded “Best Short Film” at the 16th Genie Awards and also the 1st Jutra Awards. He later made a similar themed movie called “Les Mots magiques”. These movies dealt with the relationship between a father and the son.
After the successful premiere of his short movies, Vallée made his first feature-length debut movie called “Liste Noire” in the year 1995. The movie was the highest-grossing film in Quebec. It won nominations in several categories including 9 Genie Award Nominations for Best Motion Picture and Best Achievement in Direction.
Vallée then moved to Los Angeles. After shifting there, he started another of his film called “Los Locos” which was released in 1998. It was a western film which was written by Mario Van Peebles. Later in 1999 he again released another movie called Loser Love. Both of these movies were low-budget productions.
Vallée’s most famed work C.R.A.Z.Y was however planned and prepared since the mid-1990’s. He initially planned to shoot the film in the United States, but his friend Michel Cote persuaded him to finally shoot it in Quebec. This movie was based on Vallée’s and one of his cowriter’s early youth. It revolved around the story of a young man with homophobia and heterosexism growing up his four siblings in a conservative family. This film was finally released in 2005 after the production of almost 10 years. The film was one of the most successful films in Quebec history.
After the huge success of his first film, he then prepared for the making of his another film- The Young Victoria. This movie was written by Julian Fellowes. It is the story of the late Queen Victoria and her early days and reign. It tells the story of her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The film went on to be nominated for three Academy Awards.
Vallée was an established director in the industry of filmmaking by then. He made several more films like- Cafe De Flore, Dallas Buyers Club, Wild, and Demolition.
Jean-Marc Vallée Married Life
Jean-Marc Vallée is currently married to Nadia Live. They have two children together. Alex Vallée and Emile Vallée are their names. They all currently reside in Los Angeles.
During his career period of around two decades, he has creatively shown his talents in his works. He has made several short movies like- Stereotypes, Les Fleurs magiques, Les Mots magiques and Little pig. Vallée has also made several feature films like – Balck List (1995), Los Locos (1997), Loser lover (1999), C.R.A.Z.Y (2005), The young Victoria (2009). His most recent films include- Cafe de Flore (2011), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Wild (2014) and Demolition (2015).
Awards and Accords
Vallée has won several awards and titles for his incredible work as a director and filmmaker. He won the Academy Awards of the Canadian Cinema and Television in 2006, Golden Screen Award, Genie Award for the Best Motion Picture, Genie Award for the Best Achievement in Direction all in the year 2006. In 1996, Vallée had also won the Genie Awards for The Best Short Film.
Jean-Marc Vallée Net Worth
Jean-Marc Vallée’s net worth is still not disclosed yet. So we have no idea how much the director, and filmmaker is worth.