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LUC BESSON (Written and Directed by) began his career in cinema in 1977, working a number of assistant director positions in France and the United States, and thereby gradually positioning himself as one of the few French directors and producers with an international scope.

In 1983, Besson made his directorial debut with The Last Battle, which earned him recognition at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival. Two years later, he directed Subway, which starred Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert. The film received three Cesar Awards. Besson's visual style was clearly established.

Building on his success, Besson wrote and directed The Big Blue. Though poorly received at the Cannes Film Festival, the film went on to become a veritable social phenomenon.

Despite an unfavorable critical climate, La Femme Nikita (1990) and Leon: The Professional (1994) were both publicly acclaimed, solidly establishing his popularity in France and earning him an international reputation.

Between these f ilms, Besson directed Atlantis (1991), a documentary aimed at raising awareness about the beauty of nature and the need to protect the environment.

In 1995, he launched into directing a bold science-fiction film: The Fifth Element. The blockbuster became one of the biggest box-office hits of any French film in the United States. In 1998, Besson took home a Cesar Award for Best Director.

In 1999, he directed his version of Joan of Arc, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, which earned him another nomination for Best Director at the Cesar Awards.

In 2000, he was named President of the Jury for the 53rd Annual Cannes Film Festival, becoming the youngest jury president in the history of the festival.

Also in 2000, Besson co-created EuropaCorp and devoted a majority of the next five years to production, making EuropaCorp one of the major studios of the European film industry.

In 2005, he returned to directing with Angel-A. In 2006, he directed and co-wrote his first animated picture, Arthur and the Invisibles, which was adapted from the book he wrote. Arthur and the Invisibles spawned two sequels: Arthur 2: The Revenge of Maltazard (2009) and Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010). In 2010, Besson adapted Jacques Tardi's series of graphic novels "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec," for the screen, which starred Louis Bourgoin in the title role.

In 2011, he directed Michelle Yeoh in The Lady, about Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

In 2013, Besson brought Tonino Benacquista's acclaimed novel "Malavita" to the screen in The Family, which starred Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Throughout his directing career, Besson has directed music videos for a number of artists, including Serge Gainsbourg and Mylene Farmer, as well as commercials for internationally renowned brands.

In addition to the films he has directed, Besson has written more than 20 screenplays for features, including the Taxi series and Taken 2, which currently lays claim to being the biggest box-office hit of any French film in the United States.

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