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VIRGINIE BESSON-SILLA (Produced by) was born in Ottawa, Canada, to a family of diplomats and spent her childhood traveling the world, from Mali and Senegal to the United States and France. After graduating from The American University of Paris with a degree in business administration, Besson-Silla sought her first job in the field she loved more than any: cinema.

In 1994, Besson-Silla began working for Patrice Ledoux, general director of Gaumont Film Company, where she saw Luc Besson's The Fifth Element through to the release, followed by Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.

In 1999, Besson founded EuropaCorp and offered Besson-Silla a position in the venture. She accepted and produced her first film, Yamakasi- Les samourais des temps modernes, a year later. Yamakasi-Les samourais des temps modernes debuted to huge success and earned more than $27 million in its box-office run.


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