Luc Besson is a French filmmaker, screenwriter and producer.
Starting out in 1977 as an assistant director in France and the USA, he gradually emerged as one of very few French directors and producers of international stature.
In 1983, Luc Besson directed his first feature, The Last Battle, which won him a prize at the Avoriaz Festival.
Two years later, he made Subway, starring Isabelle Adjani and Christophe Lambert, which garnered three César Awards and established the director’s signature visual style.
After the success of Subway, he followed up with The Big Blue. Although poorly received at the 1988 Cannes Festival, the film went on to score 10 million admissions in France and became a fully-fledged social phenomenon.
Despite unfavourable reviews, audiences also flocked to see his next two movies, La Femme Nikita (1990) and The Professional (Leon) (1994), which confirmed the director’s popularity in France and added an international dimension.
Between these two features, Luc Besson directed a pioneering documentary, Atlantis (1991), which, twenty years ahead of its time, raised awareness of nature’s beauty and the vital issue of environmental protection.
In 1995, Luc Besson began work on an ambitious sci-fi project, The Fifth Element, which became one of the biggest hits of any French film in the USA and won him the 1998 César Award for Best Director.
In 1999, he directed his version of the story of The messenger: Joan of Arc, which earned him another César nomination for Best Director.
In 2014 his sci-fi thriller film Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, was France’s biggest export success. Other of his international successes are the series of The Transporter and Taken.
In 2000, Besson co-founded the film company of EuropaCorp.
Luc has spent his career breaking the mould and pushing boundaries. He is an uplifting reminder that anything is possible when you set your sights high. He talks openly about his inspirations and what drove him to become a film director.
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