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New doc on late Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée in the works

Close collaborators of the celebrated Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée — who died suddenly on Christmas Day 2021 from a heart condition at the age of 58 — have embarked on ...
June 17, 2022

Close collaborators of the celebrated Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée — who died suddenly on Christmas Day 2021 from a heart condition at the age of 58 — have embarked on the production of a feature-length documentary about the director’s life and career.

Titled Cut Print Thank You Bye, the documentary will be produced by Pierre Even — who served as producer on Vallée’s attention-getting early feature C.R.A.Z.Y. and his subsequent Québécois production Café de Flore — through his prodco Item 7; lensed by Vallée’s frequent cinematographer Yves Bélanger; and directed by Marie-Julie Dallaire, whose 2021 art documentary Big Giant Wave was exec produced by Vallée.

The documentary promises an intimate portrait of the Quebec-born director, whose critical and commercial success with the semi-autobiographical C.R.A.Z.Y. (pictured) in 2005 brought him to the attention of Hollywood. After helming the historical drama The Young Victoria in 2009 and returning to his native Quebec for 2011′s Café de Flore, Vallée scored his first major mainstream success with Dallas Buyers Club, which earned its star Matthew McConaughey the Academy Award for best actor and brought in more than $50 million at the box office on a reported budget of only $5 million.

Vallée followed up that triumph with an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s non-fiction book Wild — another critical and commercial success that earned Oscar noms for its leads Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern — and the considerably more offbeat Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. After the mixed reception of the latter Vallée made a highly successful turn towards prestige TV, helming the first season of the acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies — which won eight Emmys, including the prizes for best director and best limited series — and following it up with the similarly acclaimed Sharp Objects, which would be his last production before his sudden death.

“Jean-Marc and I became friends at the release of C.R.A.Z.Y. His sudden departure leaves me without words, yet I feel the need to express my love and gratitude to him loud and clear,” said director Marie-Julie Dallaire in a press release announcing the production of the new documentary. “Cut Print Thank You Bye will be my way of paying tribute to Jean-Marc, of keeping him alive, of mourning him, using our common language: cinema.”

The doc, which was initiated by cinematographer Bélanger, will include both archive and original footage, and will feature the participation of Vallée’s ex-wife Chantal Cadieux and the former couple’s two sons, Alex and Émile.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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