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VIFF Tribute Award: Jean Marc Vallée

True North | Creator Talks

VIFF is thrilled to have this opportunity to celebrate the storytelling accomplishments of Jean-Marc Vallée, an Oscar nominee and one of our country’s finest directors. This special event will see Jean-Marc receive a VIFF Tribute Award. When we screened his debut feature, Black List, in 1995, it was already evident that he possessed rare talent. Ten years later, he returned to the festival with C.R.A.Z.Y. and confirmed that he’d fulfilled his potential, demonstrating a deft ability to interweave stunning visuals and impeccably curated music through meticulous editing in order to evoke characters’ emotions and memories. VIFF was honoured to open the 2014 festival with Wild, set along the neighbouring Pacific Crest Trail. Since then, we’ve cheered his every success, including winning an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special for Big Little Lies.

This special event will commence with an encore screening of the series premiere of Sharp Objects, the acclaimed adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling book by Marti Noxon that had Vallée at the helm for every episode. In the series premiere, "Vanish", Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a reporter for the St. Louis Chronicle, is sent to her rural hometown of Wind Gap to file a story about two missing girls, one of whom was found dead and presumed murdered. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her own past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

The ‘in conversation’ event is presented by the Directors Guild of Canada and hosted by Tim Southam, President.


Running Time: 150 mins
Session Participants
Jean-Marc Vallée Director, Sharp Objects
Tim Southam President, Directors Guild of Canada

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