Luc Besson

Film Director + Screenwriter + Producer
Born Mar 18, 1959

Luc Besson is a French film director, writer, and producer. He is the creator of EuropaCorp film company. He has been involved with more than 50 films, spanning 26 years, as writer, director, and/or producer.

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1959 Birth Born in 1959.


1980 21 Years Old In 1980, he founded his own production company, called Les Films du Loup, and later.
1985 26 Years Old Besson, along with most of the filmmakers so categorized, was uncomfortable with the label, particularly in light of the achievements of their forebears: France's New Wave. "Jean-Luc Godard and François 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 a 1985 interview 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. … Read More
1986 27 Years Old Besson has been married four times; first, in 1986, to actress Anne Parillaud who starred in Besson's Nikita (1990).
1987 28 Years Old Besson and Parillaud had a daughter, Juliette, born in 1987. The couple divorced in 1991.


1991 32 Years Old Besson's second wife was actress Maïwenn Le Besco, who was 15 when they began dating in 1991. They were married in late 1992 when Le Besco was pregnant with their daughter Shanna, who was born on 3 January 1993. … Read More
1997 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Their marriage ended in 1997, when Besson became involved with actress Milla Jovovich during the filming of The Fifth Element (1997).


2000 41 Years Old 1 More Event
This was superseded in 2000 by his co-founding EuropaCorp film company with his longtime collaborator,. … Read More
2004 45 Years Old On 28 August 2004, at the age of, Besson married film producer Virginie Silla. … Read More


2011 52 Years Old Besson directed a biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi called The Lady (original title Dans la Lumiere), which was released in the fall of 2011.
2012 53 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Besson produced the promotional movie for the Paris bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. … Read More
2014 55 Years Old …  He wrote and directed the 2014 sci-fi thriller film Lucy.
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