Jean-Marc Vallée

USA, 2015 / 100 min / English OV with French and Dutch subt. / Comedy, Drama

An emotional roller coaster of a movie, by turns hilarious and devastating.

 Opening film.

New York investment banker Davis Mitchell is sleepwalking through a life of easy success when a horrible car crash wakes him with a start. His lovely wife, Julia, is killed. Friends and family gather round to console him, but Davis seems to feel nothing. Seemingly unfazed by his loss yet preoccupied by his inability to retrieve a candy bar from a hospital vending machine, Davis takes to writing absurdly protracted — and increasingly confessional — letters of complaint to the Champion Vending Machine Company. Those letters are answered by Karen, a mysterious, eccentric Champion employee. Davis' letters somehow resonate with Karen. As Davis finds himself undertaking a campaign of random acts of destruction, dismantling everything from household appliances to an office washroom stall, he and Karen forge a strange and beautiful alliance. Both put their own interests at risk — but what they discover in the aftermath may prove far more valuable. (

Academy Award nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts star in this headlong plunge into the depths of human emotion from “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallée. Audaciously offbeat yet profoundly heartfelt, “Demolition” is a film about the need to take apart everything in one's life in order to build it anew. (

Thu 25/02 19:00 Utopolis Kirchberg English OV with French and Dutch subt. Avant-première
Sun 28/02 17:00 Cinémathèque English OV with French and Dutch subt. Public

“Written by Bryan Sipe, “Demolition” is an emotional roller coaster of a movie, by turns hilarious and devastating.” Toronto International Film Festival

“The best Gyllenhaal performance since “Brokeback Mountain” Peter Debruge,, 10/09/2015

”Demolition” is a film about what happens when the veneer cracks, when everything we take for granted ceases to make sense.” T’Cha Dunlevy,, 10/09/2015

Cast & Credits
Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis
Bryan Sipe
Yves Bélanger
Tom Nelson, Martin Pinsonnault
Black Label Media, Mr. Mudd, SKE
The Searchers

After studying film at the University of Montréal, Jean-Marc Vallée, born in 1963, made  several acclaimed short films. His first international success was “C.R.A.Z.Y." (2005). In 2014, his film « Dallas Buyers Club” won three Academy Awards and was nominated as best film. Jean-Marc Vallée goes on to direct “Wild” (2014) with Reese Witherspoon and “Demolition” (2015). 

  • 2015 Demolition
  • 2014 Wild
  • 2013 Dallas Buyers Club
  • 2011 Café de Flore
  • 2009 Victoria – Les jeunes années d’une reine (The Young Victoria)
  • 2005 C.R.A.Z.Y.
  • 2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (TV Series)
  • 1999 Loser Love
  • 1998 Les mots magiques (Magical Words) (short)
  • 1997 Los Locos
  • 1996 Strangers (TV Series, 1 épisode)
  • 1995 Liste noire (Black List)
  • 1995 Les fleurs magiques (short)