About a week after acclaimed Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, 58, was found dead at a chalet in Berthier-sur-Mer (Chaudière-Appalaches), his family has released an official statement. Despite media reports that Vallée's death was likely due to a heart attack, the family and coroner still aren't sure exactly what caused it.
According to a press release issued on Friday, the preliminary coroner's report "could not establish an exact cause for the sudden death," which occurred on December 25.
However, it says the coroner has ruled out "intervention of another party, a voluntary act, or a known disease" and "further in-depth analyses are underway."
"Our father was a generous man, deeply human and who lived life to its fullest," said his sons, Alex and Emile, in a statement.
"He wanted to live a long life and was working on major projects! He was a source of inspiration for many and leaves wonderful memories for those who had the privilege to work with him, to love him and to appreciate his craft."
The Vallée family — including Alex, Emile and their mother — also thanked the public for the "outpouring of support" they have received but asked everyone to respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of their father and husband.
Vallée, who was born in Montreal, is known for, among others, the 2005 film C.R.A.Z.Y., the Oscar-winning film Dallas Buyers Club and the Emmy-winning television show Big Little Lies.
More information and the details of a celebration of life ceremony will be released at a later date, the release says.
"As Jean-Marc would say: 'Cut, print, thank you, bye!'" concludes the press release.
This year, Montrealers are making a big splash at the 86th Academy Awards (AKA, the Oscars) on March 2nd. Nominated for awards such as Best Picture, Best Original Score and everything in between, our local creative geniuses are making us proud!
Although Vallee's film did not earn him a Best Director nod, it seems to have hit the mark on everything else: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Film Editing. This honor makes Vallee the first Quebec filmmaker ever nominated for a Best Picture award.
We're keeping our fingers crossed!
Chris Lawrence - Gravity
The London native is nominated for Best Visual Effects for his incredibly work on the film Gravity. Lawrence heads the Montreal branch of the visual effects firm Framestore; he's quick to add in most interviews that a whole team of people at Framestore worked tirelessly on this project with him. Most experts - online experts that is - have been praising the visual effects created for this film; their ingenious use of CGI has the whole industry talking.
Martin Pensa - The Dallas Buyers Club
Montreal's Martin Pensa has been nominated for Best Film Editing for his work on The Dallas Buyers Club along with an unknown partner named John Mac McMurphy. Rumors are spreading that McMurphy is actually a pseudonym for director Jean-Marc Vallee, but this has yet to be confirmed. They first collaborated together on Vallee's acclaimed film Cafe de Flore. Pensa began his career in Montreal, dubbing the performances of actors such as Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin into French. We can't wait to see him accept this award on Sunday night!
The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life
This incredible film has been nominated for Best Documentary Short and the team behind it includes quite a few Montrealers; director of photography Kieran Crilly, editor Carl Freed, producer Frederic Bohbot and composer Luc St-Pierre. However, all eyes are on director Malcolm Clarke, a Montreal native. Initially, he didn't want to make another documentary focused on the Holocaust, but after spending about an hour in the company of 110-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, he knew that he just had to.
Mrs. Herz-Sommer, believed to be the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, passed away on February 23rd. We hope Clarke and his team take the Oscar home, in her memory.
Owen Pallett & William Butler - Her
Arcade Fire's William Butler and Owen Pallett, a frequent collaborator, are nominated for their work on Spike Jonze's Her for Best Original Score. The film is also nominated for Best Picture and early predictions are leaning toward Pallett and Butler nabbing this one! Even if you never watch awards shows... guys, it's Arcade Fire! Let's show them some support.
Nineteen scientific and technical achievements were awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which also hands out the Oscars, on Saturday, February 15th. Montrealer Tibor Madjar (and his team) was given a Technical Achievement Award by the Academy for his work on the concept and design of Mudbox software. He was thrilled to have won and attended the ceremony with his wife and two children.
Yves Boudreault, Andre Gauthier, Benoit Sevigny and Robert Lanciault
Scientific and Engineering Award
The gala, dubbed 'Oscars for nerds' by many fans, took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Kristen Bell, of Veronica Mars fame, and Michael B. Jordan, of Fruitvale Station, handed out the awards to the lucky winners.
Being from this city is such a great feeling - we're surrounded by so much talent! Good luck to all nominees and congratulations to all winners!
Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Oscars on March 2?