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LUC BESSON

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DIRECTOR
ANNA (2019)
Starring Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, Alexander Petrov, Lera Abova, Nikita Pavlenko and Anna Krippa. Directed by Luc Besson.

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017)
Starring Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, John Goodman, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer, Alain Chabat and Emilie Livingston. Directed by Luc Besson.

Valerian and Laureline are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner - blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha's seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time, uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

REVIEWS Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets - A little artificial

LUCY (2014)
Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Luc Besson.

An action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

REVIEWS Lucy - Definitely not using its full potential

THE FAMILY (2013)
Starring Robert De Niro - Fred Blake, Michelle Pfeiffer - Maggie Blake, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John D'leo. Directed by Luc Besson.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
THE LADY (2012)
Starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Benedict Wong, Susan Wooldridge, Flint Bangkok, Guy Barwell, Sahajak Boonthanakit and Antony Hickling. Directed by Luc Besson.

REVIEWS The Lady - Such a story deserves more

JOAN OF ARC: THE MESSENGER (2000)
Starring Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Timothy West and Vincent Cassell. Directed by Luc Besson.

The year is 1429. France is in political and religious turmoil as members of the royal family battle for rule. But one peasant girl from a remote village gave her country the miracle it was looking for - Joan of Arc, a young woman who would inspire and lead her countrymen until her execution at the age of nineteen. Raised in a religious family, Joan witnessed her sister's rape and death at the hands of an invading army. Years later, as the same war raged on, Joan stood before her king with a message she claimed came from God: give her an army, and in God's name she would reclaim his diminished kingdom. But was the message real, or the delusions of a girl whose life had been shattered?

REVIEWS Joan of Arc: The Messenger - A saint or insane?

THE FIFTH ELEMENT (1997)
Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James, Tommy 'tiny' Lister, Lee Evans and Charlie Creed-Miles. Directed by Luc Besson.

In the future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.

REVIEWS The Fifth Element - 20th anniversary

WRITER
ANNA (2019)
Starring Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, Alexander Petrov, Lera Abova, Nikita Pavlenko and Anna Krippa. Directed by Luc Besson.

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017)
Starring Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, John Goodman, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer, Alain Chabat and Emilie Livingston. Directed by Luc Besson.

Valerian and Laureline are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner - blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha's seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time, uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

REVIEWS Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets - A little artificial

TAK3N (2015)
Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Olivier Megaton.

Bryan Mills' reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

REVIEWS TAK3N - Third time better

LUCY (2014)
Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Luc Besson.

An action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

REVIEWS Lucy - Definitely not using its full potential

BRICK MANSIONS (2014)
Starring Paul Walker, David Belle, Rza, Robert Maillet, Carlo Rota, Kalinka Pétrie, Bruce Ramsay, Kwasi Songui, Catalina Denis and Ayisha Issa. Directed by Camille Delamarre.

An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.
THREE DAYS TO KILL (2014)
Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld. Directed by McG.

A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.
THE FAMILY (2013)
Starring Robert De Niro - Fred Blake, Michelle Pfeiffer - Maggie Blake, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John D'leo. Directed by Luc Besson.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
TAKEN 2 (2012)
Starring Liam Neeson - Bryan Mills, Maggie Grace - Kim, Famke Janssen - Lenore and Leland Orser - Sam. Directed by Olivier Megaton.
JOAN OF ARC: THE MESSENGER (2000)
Starring Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Timothy West and Vincent Cassell. Directed by Luc Besson.

The year is 1429. France is in political and religious turmoil as members of the royal family battle for rule. But one peasant girl from a remote village gave her country the miracle it was looking for - Joan of Arc, a young woman who would inspire and lead her countrymen until her execution at the age of nineteen. Raised in a religious family, Joan witnessed her sister's rape and death at the hands of an invading army. Years later, as the same war raged on, Joan stood before her king with a message she claimed came from God: give her an army, and in God's name she would reclaim his diminished kingdom. But was the message real, or the delusions of a girl whose life had been shattered?

REVIEWS Joan of Arc: The Messenger - A saint or insane?

RENEGADES
Starring J.k. Simmons, Sullivan Stapleton, Diarmaid Murtagh, Sylvia Hoeks, Charlie Bewley, Dimitri Leonidas, Clemens Schick, Joshua Henry, Ewen Bremner and Patrick Pinheiro. Directed by Steven Quale.
PRODUCER
ANNA (2019)
Starring Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, Alexander Petrov, Lera Abova, Nikita Pavlenko and Anna Krippa. Directed by Luc Besson.

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017)
Starring Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, John Goodman, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer, Alain Chabat and Emilie Livingston. Directed by Luc Besson.

Valerian and Laureline are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner - blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha's seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time, uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

REVIEWS Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets - A little artificial

THE HOMESMAN (2015)
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, William Fitchner, Meryl Streep, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy. Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realises just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs, to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women head east, where a waiting minister and his wife have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.

REVIEWS The Homesman - Women in crisis in the Old West

TAK3N (2015)
Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Olivier Megaton.

Bryan Mills' reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

REVIEWS TAK3N - Third time better

BRICK MANSIONS (2014)
Starring Paul Walker, David Belle, Rza, Robert Maillet, Carlo Rota, Kalinka Pétrie, Bruce Ramsay, Kwasi Songui, Catalina Denis and Ayisha Issa. Directed by Camille Delamarre.

An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.
THREE DAYS TO KILL (2014)
Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld. Directed by McG.

A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.
THE FAMILY (2013)
Starring Robert De Niro - Fred Blake, Michelle Pfeiffer - Maggie Blake, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John D'leo. Directed by Luc Besson.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
TAKEN 2 (2012)
Starring Liam Neeson - Bryan Mills, Maggie Grace - Kim, Famke Janssen - Lenore and Leland Orser - Sam. Directed by Olivier Megaton.
THE LADY (2012)
Starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Benedict Wong, Susan Wooldridge, Flint Bangkok, Guy Barwell, Sahajak Boonthanakit and Antony Hickling. Directed by Luc Besson.

REVIEWS The Lady - Such a story deserves more

JOAN OF ARC: THE MESSENGER (2000)
Starring Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Timothy West and Vincent Cassell. Directed by Luc Besson.

The year is 1429. France is in political and religious turmoil as members of the royal family battle for rule. But one peasant girl from a remote village gave her country the miracle it was looking for - Joan of Arc, a young woman who would inspire and lead her countrymen until her execution at the age of nineteen. Raised in a religious family, Joan witnessed her sister's rape and death at the hands of an invading army. Years later, as the same war raged on, Joan stood before her king with a message she claimed came from God: give her an army, and in God's name she would reclaim his diminished kingdom. But was the message real, or the delusions of a girl whose life had been shattered?

REVIEWS Joan of Arc: The Messenger - A saint or insane?

RENEGADES
Starring J.k. Simmons, Sullivan Stapleton, Diarmaid Murtagh, Sylvia Hoeks, Charlie Bewley, Dimitri Leonidas, Clemens Schick, Joshua Henry, Ewen Bremner and Patrick Pinheiro. Directed by Steven Quale.
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