This Friday, ÉCU decides to give the spotlight to a French film director, writer and producer, who is often described as « the most Hollywood of French filmmakers ». ÉCU presents you, Luc Besson!
He was born in 1959, in Paris. When he was 17 years old, he had a diving accident, it led him to wonder what he was going to do next, and he thought maybe movie would be good. He discovered then, the cinema world at the age of 17 during the shooting of a short film by Patrick Grandperret.
Besson is known for directing and producing thrillers and action films that are visually rich. He had been nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan Arc. He won Best Director and Best French Director for his sci-fi action film The Fifth Element (1997). His action thriller film Taken 2 is France’s biggest export success.
This May 2015, he announced by using his new Twitter account, that his next film, after Lucy, will be Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets, which is adapted from the comic series Valerian et Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean Claude Mézières. The main actress and actor will be Cara Delevinge and Dane DeHaan. The film should be released in 2017.
Last but not least, a beautiful quote from Luc Besson, “People often say I’m a child at heart. In fact, I think I just have access to (my childhood), I have a very clear memory of it. We were all children once. We just need to show a bit of respect for it.”