THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC
PATRICE LEDOUX holds a doctorate of literature from Paris University, and worked in French television for ten years before joining Gaumont Films in 1981, where his first assignment was the production of Francesco Rosi's Carmen, with Placido Domingo and Julia Migenes-Johnson. He became Gaumont's chief operating officer and president in 1985, a position that allowed him to take a strong hand in the production of many of the films he's green-lighted, including Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, Jean-Marie Poire's The Visitors, Michel Blanc's Grosse Fatigue and Bertrand Blier's Un, Deux, Trois, Soleil.
Ledoux's association with Luc Besson began with the undersea adventure The
Big Blue and continued with La Femme Nikita, Atlantis, The Professional and The Fifth
Element. He has received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Foreign
Language Film on Carmen and was nominated for a European Film Award for his
work on The Fifth Element.
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