Besson at Taken preview, 2008
|Born||March 18, 1959 |
|Occupation||producer, director, screenwriter|
|Years active||1981 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Anne Parillaud (div. Taken is a 2008 thriller / Action film starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace. Events 37 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius ' will and proclaims Caligula emperor The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Anne Parillaud (an paʁiˈjo in French (born 6 May 1960 in Paris) is a French actress. )|
Milla Jovovich (1997-1999)
Virginie Silla (2004-)
|Domestic partner(s)||Maïwenn Le Besco|
Luc Besson (IPA: [lyk bɛsɔ̃]; born March 18, 1959) is a French film director, writer and producer. Milla Jovovich (ˈjɔvɔvitɕ Serbian: Milica Jovović / Милица Јововић; Милла Йовович; Ukrainian: Мiлла Maïwenn Le Besco (born April 17 1976 in Les Lilas, Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France) is a French actress sometimes referred Events 37 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius ' will and proclaims Caligula emperor The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. A film director, or filmmaker, is a person who directs the making of a Film. A film producer is a person who creates the conditions for making movies.
Besson was born in Paris to parents who were both Club Med scuba diving instructors. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city Club Méditerranée ( commonly known as Club Med, is a French Corporation of vacation resorts found in many parts of the world usually in exotic This had a profound influence on his childhood as Besson planned on becoming a marine biologist. He spent much of his youth traveling with his parents to tourist resorts in Italy, Yugoslavia and Greece.  The family returned to France when Besson was 10 years old. His parents promptly divorced and were remarried to other people. "Here there is two families, and I am the only bad souvenir of something that doesn't work," he said in the International Herald Tribune. "And if I disappear, then everything is perfect. The rage to exist comes from here. I have to do something! Otherwise I am going to die. "
At the age of 17 he had a diving accident which left him unable to dive. However, he has since fully recovered. 
"I was 17 and I wondered what I was going to do. . . . So I took a piece of paper and on the left I put everything I could do, or had skills for, and all the things I couldn't do. The first line was shorter and I could see that I loved writing, I loved images, I was taking a lot of pictures. So I thought maybe movies would be good. But I thought that to really know I should go to a set. And a friend of mine knew a guy whose brother was a third assistant on a short film. It's true," he said in a 2000 interview with The Guardian. 
"So, I said: 'OK, let's go on the set. ' So I went on the set . . . The day after I went back to see my mum and told her that I was going to make films and stop school and 'bye. And I did it! Very soon after I made a short film and it was very, very bad. I wanted to prove that I could do something, so I made a short film. That was in fact my main concern, to be able to show that I could do one. "
During his childhood, and especially during adolescence, Besson showed amazing creativity. Out of boredom, he started to write stories, including the backdrop to what would later become one of his most popular movies, The Fifth Element. The Fifth Element is a French 1997 Science fantasy, action, Comedy, Techno thriller film directed by  Besson directed and co-wrote the screenplay of this Sci-Fi thriller with the screenwriter, Robert Mark Kamen. Robert Mark Kamen is a Screenwriter who has been writing for major motion pictures for over twenty-five years The film is inspired by the French comic books Besson read as a teenager. He also reportedly worked on the first drafts of Le Grand Bleu while still in his teens. 
At 18, Besson returned to his birthplace of Paris.  There he started to become involved in film, taking on odd jobs to get a feel for the industry. He worked as an assistant to directors including Claude Faraldo and Patrick Grandperret. Besson also directed three short films, a commissioned documentary, and several commercials. 
After this, he moved to the United States for three years, but returned to form his own production company which he called "Les Films du Loup". The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The name was later changed to Les Films du Dauphin.  In the early 1980s, Besson met Éric Serra and asked him to compose the score for his first short film, L'Avant dernier. Éric Serra (born on 9 September 1959) is a French Composer. He has often worked on the movies of Luc Besson 
In recent years, he has written and produced numerous action movies, including the "Taxi" series, "The Transporter" series, and the Jet Li films "Kiss of the Dragon" and "Unleashed/Danny the Dog". Besson was also in charge of the promotional movie which was presented to the IOC members for the bid of Paris for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Paris 2012 was an unsuccessful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Paris.
His future projects include The Ice People, which is to be set in Antarctica. This is, however, at odds with a report by CNN aired September 11, 2006 in which Besson announced his pending retirement with plans to establish a foundation for French inner city youth. 
Besson was married to Anne Parillaud, who starred in the film he wrote and directed, La Femme Nikita. Anne Parillaud (an paʁiˈjo in French (born 6 May 1960 in Paris) is a French actress. Nikita (re-titled La Femme Nikita in some countries is a 1990 French movie written and directed by Luc Besson They have one daughter. He later dated model Maïwenn Le Besco. Maïwenn Le Besco (born April 17 1976 in Les Lilas, Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France) is a French actress sometimes referred Their daughter, Shana Besson, was born in 1993. Besson married Milla Jovovich on December 14, 1997, but they divorced in 1999. Milla Jovovich (ˈjɔvɔvitɕ Serbian: Milica Jovović / Милица Јововић; Милла Йовович; Ukrainian: Мiлла Events 1287 - St Lucia's flood: The Zuider Zee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses killing over 50000 people Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar On August 28, 2004, Besson married Virginie Silla, a film producer. Events 475 - The Roman General Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his Capital "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
He has a total of five daughters: Juliette, Shana, Talia, Satine, and Mao. The fifth daughter was born in 2005. 
Critics cite Besson as being a pivotal figure in the Cinéma du look movement, a specific style of film being made in the decade of the '80s into the early 1990s. Cinéma du look was a French film movement of the 1980s It referred to films that had a slick visual style and a focus on young alienated characters Subway, The Big Blue and Nikita are all considered to be of this stylistic school. Subway is a 1985 French film directed by Luc Besson, starring Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert and is part of the Cinema du look Nikita (re-titled La Femme Nikita in some countries is a 1990 French movie written and directed by Luc Besson The term was coined in a 1989 essay in La Revue du cinema in which Besson was lumped with two other directors who shared "le look. " These directors were said to favor style over substance, spectacle over narrative. 
Most of the filmmakers in the category, including Besson, squirmed uncomfortably at being labeled, particularly in light of their forebearers: France's New Wave. "Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut were rebelling against existing cultural values and used cinema as a means of expression simply because it was the most avant-garde medium at the time," said Besson in The New York Times. "Today, the revolution is occurring entirely within the industry and is led by people who want to change the look of movies by making them better, more convincing and pleasurable to watch.
"Because it's becoming increasingly difficult to break into this field, we have developed a psychological armor and are ready to do anything in order to work, he added in this same interview. "I think our ardor alone is going to shake the pillars of the moviemaking establishment. "
Many of Besson's films have achieved popular, if not critical success. One such film was Le Grand Blue "When the film had its premiere on opening night at the Cannes Film Festival, it was mercilessly drubbed, but no matter; it was a smash," observed the International Herald Tribune in a 2007 profile of Besson. "Embraced by young people who kept returning to see it again, the movie sold 10 million tickets and quickly became what the French call a film générationnel, a defining moment in the culture. "
Besson created Arthur trilogy, which comprises Arthur and the Minimoys, Arthur and the Forbidden City and Arthur and the Revenge of Malthazard. Besson turned the first of this book series; Arthur and the Minimoys into a part live-action, part-computer-generated animated film which was released as Arthur and the Invisibles in the UK and the USA and starred Freddie Highmore, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Mia Farrow, Robert De Niro and David Bowie. Arthur and the Minimoys ( Arthur and the Invisibles in English -speaking territories is a part- Animated, part- Live action Alfred Thomas Highmore (born 14 February 1992) known professionally as Freddie Highmore, is an English actor Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16 1958 known as Madonna, is an American Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr (born October 20 1971 His mother nicknamed him " Snoopy " as a child because of the way he dressed and because of his love of Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow, known as Mia Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American Actress. Robert Mario De Niro Jr (born August 17 1943 is a two-time Academy Award -winning American Film Actor, director and producer David Bowie (ˈboʊiː born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947 is an English Musician, actor producer, and arranger. Besson directed. The next two books in the series are in pre-production.
Among Besson’s many awards are the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film Critics Prize, Fantasporto Audience Jury Award-Special Mention, Best Director, and Best Film, for Le Dernier Combat in 1983; The Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon-Best Director-Foreign Film, for La Femme Nikita, 1990; the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film, Nil by Mouth, 1997; and the Best Director Cesar Award, for The Fifth Element, 1997. Le Dernier Combat ( English title The Last Battle) is a 1983 French film that was the first Feature film Events February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Let's Spend the Night Together opens in New York Subway is a 1985 French film directed by Luc Besson, starring Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert and is part of the Cinema du look Events 3 December - Roger Moore steps down from the role of James Bond after twelve years and seven films Events Michael Jackson 's first film was Moonwalker Top grossing films (U Nikita (re-titled La Femme Nikita in some countries is a 1990 French movie written and directed by Luc Besson The year 1990 in film involved some significant events Events CGI technique is expanded with motion capture for The year 1991 in film involved some significant events Events April 28 - Bonnie Léon (also known as The Professional and Léon The Professional) is a French 1994 action drama Film The year 1994 in film involved some significant events Top grossing films (U The Fifth Element is a French 1997 Science fantasy, action, Comedy, Techno thriller film directed by The year 1997 in film involved some significant events Events Summer - Production begins on Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace The Messenger The Story of Joan of Arc is a 1999 Historical drama film directed by Luc Besson. The year 1999 in film involved some significant events and was arguably the most successful year for films released in the 1990s Angel-A (2005 directed by Luc Besson, is a French fantasy and Romantic comedy featuring Jamel Debbouze and Rie Rasmussen The year 2005 in film involved some significant events Releases of sequels took place with movies like The Devil's Rejects, Cheaper Arthur and the Minimoys ( Arthur and the Invisibles in English -speaking territories is a part- Animated, part- Live action The year 2006 in film involved some significant events Releases of sequels took place with Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest 
"Famously known as the French Steven Spielberg" and "most noted for their stunning visuals, Luc Besson's films often invite scrutiny of the blurred line between the artistic and the commercial," stated the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (Hon (born December 18 1946 is an American Film director, Screenwriter and producer.  "Going beyond the flashiness, Besson has shown a high potential for artistry, one that goes into the visuality of the imagistic world and actually strives for meanings. "
|César Award for Best Director|
for The Fifth Element
for Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Film director|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1959-3-18|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Paris, France|
|DATE OF DEATH|
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